New suitors emerge for Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli

Date published: Saturday 28th May 2016 11:48

Mario Balotelli: Linked with move to Turkey

Galatasaray are weighing up a move for Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli, according to reports in the Turkish media.

Liverpool want to offload the £80,000-a-week Balotelli after his season-long loan spell at former club AC Milan ended recently.

Balotelli struggled to impress at his former club, scoring just once in 20 league appearances, and the club’s president Silvio Berlusconi has intimated the Serie A club would not be making their loan deal for the mercurial Italian a permanent one.

Berlusconi said: “There will be many departures because players such as Alex, [Philippe] Mexes, [Kevin Prince] Boateng and Balotelli are at the end of their contracts.”

And Balotelli, who was this week left out of Italy’s provisional Euro 2016 squad, is scheduled to return to Liverpool for pre-season training in early July.

The player has been linked with a number of other clubs with the likes of Espanyol and Serie A newcomers Crotone both mentioned as possible destinations for the former Manchester City favourite.

But the Turkish press claims Galatasaray have registered an interested in the Italian misfit.

The Turkish side want to strengthen their attack after losing Burak Yilmaz to Beijing Guoan in January.

The 25-year-old cost Liverpool £16m in August 2014, but it is believed they would listen to offers at half that price in a bid to get the troublesome striker off their wage bill.

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