Escape route for Balotelli, £225,000-a-week offer from Chinese Super League
Mario Balotelli could be on the verge of a massive move away from Liverpool, despite having failed surprisingly for the second season in a row while on loan at AC Milan.
Il Milanista reports, the 25-year-old has now become the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League, with powerhouses Jiangsu Suning desperately looking into the possibility of bringing in the controversial Italian to bolster their ranks in a big-money summer move.
This latest report certainly will be a welcome music to Liverpool’s ears as club hierarchy was really worried that they would have to stick with a dead weight next season when Balotelli’s Milan loan ends. Very few European teams are ready or able to match the Italian’s high wages following a series of disappointing seasons.
The former Manchester City star has played just three Serie A games all season, making a further handful of substitute appearances but only picking up a single goal in the league. Despite that, Chinese club Jiangsu are reportedly interested in giving the Italian striker a contract worth in the region of £11.8m-per-season, or £225,000-a-week.
Liverpool are likely to grab any interest they can find for Balotelli, whose return of just four goals in 28 matches (including just a single league goal) in his only season at Anfield apparently gave a paltry return on his £16m transfer fee.
Liverpool may also be hoping to finally get some use out of the rapid rise of the Chinese Super League, having previously been beaten by the Chinese League’s transfer moves when Alex Teixeira turned down a potential move to Anfield for Jiangsu himself – joining Ramires, Jackson Martinez, and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the league.
It is very unlikely Liverpool would make a profit—and they might still satisfied with a small loss on Balotelli’s transfer—but when as recently as last month it seemed quite certain that they would be subsidizing the Italian’s wages for yet another season, getting a solid fee back for him and getting his wages off the books would be a convincing win.
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