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Fresh offer on the table for Liverpool's misfit striker

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Balotelli has been urged to leave Liverpool by boss Jurgen Klopp
Balotelli has been urged to leave Liverpool by boss Jurgen Klopp

Italian Seria A side Palermo are the latest to offer Mario Balotelli a route out of Liverpool after they confirmed they have offered the maverick striker a deal to move back to his homeland.

Balotelli is running out of time to find a new club with Wednesday’s transfer deadline looming large, with his status as an unwanted member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad something of an embarrassment to all parties.

Liverpool have been trying all summer to off-load Balotelli, but rumours links with moves to Turkish, Italian and Chinese clubs came to nothing, with Palermo the latest to try and tempt the striker to move back to his homeland.

“We think that Palermo could be just the right place for him to relaunch his career,” said Palermo sporting director Daniele Faggiano.

“We would welcome him like a great champion, who with the talent he has got could get back into the national team.

“The only obstacle is his salary, but his desire could shift the balance in Palermo’s favour. We’re waiting for his decision.”

Liverpool will be keen to get one of the high earning players off the wage bill ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline on Wednesday, with Balotelli also on the radar of French club Nice.

He is likely to be forced to take a pay-cut from his reported £90,000-per-week salary at Liverpool, but sources close to Balotelli have suggested the player is willing to take a step back in the hope of getting his career moving forward again.

Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is believed to have urged his client to open the door to a move to a smaller club, with his old Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho also reported to have encouraged the striker to lower his sights as he prepares for another move when the pair met earlier this month.