‘We want Mario Balotelli and he wants us too’

Date published: Thursday 28th July 2016 8:15

Mario Balotelli: Besiktas-bound?

Besiktas could offer Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli a route out of Anfield after their president confirmed their interest in signing the Italy international.

Fikret Orman believes the 25-year-old, who did not travel with the Reds for their tour of the United States after being deemed surplus to requirements, could be a good fit for the Istanbul-based club.

He admits, however, had it not been for Balotelli’s reputation for being difficult they would not stand a chance of attracting him.

“Mario Balotelli is the type of footballer that our fans can associate themselves with,” he told Turkish magazine Fanatik. “I’m pretty sure he would attract great attention.

“To be fair, if he wasn’t deemed as a trouble-maker, he wouldn’t be rumoured to be joining us.

“But we can show some effort and create solutions for Balotelli’s infamous troubles. I think he can change with the attention and care he’ll receive in Turkey.

“In short, we want Mario Balotelli and he wants us too.”

Besiktas, who were believed to be interested in the player at the start of the summer, see the Italian as the man to replace Mario Gomez, who is bound for Borussia Dortmund.

Balotelli, who signed for Liverpool two years ago in a £16million deal from AC Milan, is training with the youth teams at Melwood, with the senior squad currently on a pre-season tour of the United States.

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