16 Aug 2016

Liverpool Update: 'Incredible' €20m attacker calls club to discuss transfer. Agent confirms 'fee' problems

With only a two weeks left of the current transfer window, offloading Mario Balotelli (surely) remains a top priority for Liverpool, and it looks like the £90k-a-week striker is also desperate to quit Anfield ASAP.

In recent weeks, Chievo have emerged as a possible destination for Balotelli, with the Italian reportedly accepting the club's offer. However, last week, Chievo's director of sport appeared to dismiss the possibility of a transfer:

"We would like Balotelli, but he's...too expensive. They [Liverpool] paid €20m. It is a very difficult negotiation".

Several days later, Enzo Raiola, one of Balotelli's agents, confirmed that Serie A minnows Sassuolo are also interested:

"Sassuolo have given it some thought, but we are light years away from agreeing on a fee".

According to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport this week:

* Balotelli called up Sassuolo to offer his services (as part of a loan move, with Liverpool subsidising wages)

* Coach Eusebio Di Francesco is unenthused by the prospect, and would prefer to take Alexander Matri on loan.

Balotelli's reputation goes before him, but Liverpool deserve the bulk of the blame for this fiasco.

Signing Balotelli is one thing, but why make him one of the club's biggest earners? Given his history, this situation could've (and should've) been foreseen (IMO), but it's just the latest in a long line of ridiculous transfer-related decisions, which include:

* Giving Mignolet a new 5-year contract then signing his replacement a couple of months later.

* inexplicably giving average players like Jose Enrique massive, long-term contracts (to the extent that it became diffifult to get rid)

* Giving Klopp a new 6-year deal after only 8 months at the club (and abject Premier League failure).

Fingers crossed that Liverpool can reach an agreement for Balotelli before the end of the transfer window.

* Jul 2016: Described as an 'incredible talent' by Crotone president Raffaele Vrenna.



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