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Di Marzio Gives Update On The Future Of Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Mario Balotelli of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Liverpool FC and Besiktas JK at Anfield on February 19, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Unwanted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is highly unlikely to still be at Anfield in September as the club prays that someone, somewhere will take him off their hands.

He has no shortage of suitors, but his wages appear to be a sticking point for many clubs.

Sampdoria, for example, have made no secret of their desire to take him back to Serie A, but have been quite open about the fact that they cannot afford him unless he was willing to take a significant pay cut.

The likes of Pescara and Crotone, meanwhile, have made similar claims in the recent past. Inter have also been linked with bringing him back to the San Siro, but Roberto Mancini seems to view him as a last resort if he can’t get other targets.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Mario Balotelli of Liverpool watches from the sidelines during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on October 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed his club’s interest in bringing the former Italian international to Turkey, claiming that both player and club were interested in making the move happen.

However, this does not appear to be the case, as Balotelli has apparently turned down the opportunity to move to the Super Lig as he wants to play in either Italy, Spain or England.

Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has today provided an update on the 25-year-old’s future, alleging that while one club definitely won’t be signing him, another has made their interest known.

The report states that Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raoila, directly contacted Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis to offer his client’s services. Naploi are on the lookout for a new striker having sold Gonzalo Higuaín to Juventus earlier this week, but made it quite clear to Raiola that Balotelli was of no interest to them.

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22: Faouzi Ghoulam (L) of Napoli competes for the ball with Mario Balottelli of Milan during the Serie A between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on February 22, 2016 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

One club who may be interested, however, are Dutch side Ajax. That said, any follow-up interest is likely to depend on their progression to the Champions League group stage, which is by no means guaranteed at this stage. They drew 1-1 with Greek outfit PAOK in Amsterdam this week, leaving their chances of qualification to the next round on a knife-edge currently. Even if they do prevail in Greece next week, they would still have another playoff to navigate.

To that end, Liverpool could be waiting until the end of August to hear back from Ajax. Whether they are prepared to wait that long remains to be seen, but they are steadfast in their position that he will be definitely be going somewere in the next few weeks.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.