Italian Sides All Talk, No Action on Mario Balotelli

Rickie Lambert isn’t the only Liverpool striker headed for the exit door this summer with Reds outcast Mario Balotelli also looking likely to leave after failing to deliver the goods at Anfield last season. The definition of a panic buy, the Italian arrived from AC Milan near the end of August for £16mil and promptly began a campaign of frustrating underachievement as the Reds slumped to a sixth place finish.

While the 24-year old does have his defenders, there’s no question that his output hasn’t even come close to justifying either his transfer fee or his reported £90k per week wages. Left off of Liverpool’s summer tour on compassionate grounds after the death of his father, Balotelli has been a ghost around Melwood, training with new arrivals Christian Benteke and Roberto Firminio as the new season edges closer.

Although there’s been interest from a number of Italian sides, there’s hasn’t been any official approaches as of yet despite some very public interest in the Liverpool hit-man. “I would take him, he would be highly motivated here,” Bologna sporting director Pantaleo Corvino was quoted as saying. “Of course, Bologna have to respect certain financial parameters, but for the right price I would even look at the possibility of buying him outright.”

It appears everyone is looking for a discount. While the Reds will reportedly entertain taking a loss of a up to £9mil on the Italian, that’s not quite good enough. Sampdoria president and known eccentric Massimo Ferrero has been running his mouth about the 24-year old for months now, but he’s yet to put some money where his mouth is and only just recently had another moan about how much Balotelli would cost him. “Balotelli costs €10m,” he said before playing the poor card, “but with a discount we await him with open arms.”

Does he want a coupon or something?







  • Glen

    Why LFC even bought him in the 1st place ,them paid him 90k /w and gave him a 4 year contract ?
    It’s going to cost a lot to move him on .
    LFC should have rather signed him on loan and would have been able to send him back with no strings attached

  • David Cassar

    Italian clubs are all hot air,if you want balotelli come to the table with a proper offer or shut-up and sit down and eat your pasta,end of story.Oh and by the way i have Italian blood in me,so don’t go the fascist route.YNWA

  • David Cassar

    I mean Racist route.

  • axis

    A simple solution would be loaning him out for the season to those Italian clubs with the option of buying the player. It’s a win win situation

  • RobBarron

    If you think that’s a win win then you don’t understand loan deals! If he goes on loan he is still our player, we will still end up pig a huge portion of his wages, we have to pay all insurances on him and if he should get injured he is our problem not theirs. A lot of people think loan deals mean a player costs us nothing so it gets him out of the way but nothing could be further from the truth. It would be cheaper for us to sell him for a ‘discounted’ 6 million than to send him on loan as we get his £5m a year wages off our hands.

  • RobBarron

    He wasn’t available on a loan deal. It was very much the seller’s market as it was close to end of window. Football contract law meant it was not possible to offer him less than the £90k a week deal as if his club offered to sell him on a deal less than he was on without his being prepared to do so, that would legally make him a free agent. Contract law is complex and there is so much more than most people ever realize which gets in the way.

  • axis

    Just came across this comment from you 3 months ago.
    Your absolutely right mate. But look what happens in the end.
    We got rid of him & Milan agreed to pay half of he’s wages and no mention of whatever insurance your going on about.
    Loan deals vary from contract to contract. It’s a method clubs use very often to get rid of a player not suited to the club they originally bought for.
    Next time you try to school me about football remember what your mamma taught you “think twice before you open your mouth, it might save you a lot of embarrassment” she’s a smart lady

  • RobBarron

    And your point is what exactly? Poorly made so perhaps you should think more than twice! Do you think the fact they don’t mention insurance means we don’t have to pay it? We do. It’s contract law. But then if you knew about football contracts you would know that and clearly don’t, hence you need schooling!

    We are paying some of his wages despite getting absolutely nothing for those millions. This loan is because the little toe rag refused to go to one of the club’s willing to buy him so he is costing us even more money. He’s a disgrace and I am glad to see the back of him…. But sadly not permanently unless Milan choose to buy him next year (which they probably won’t!)

  • axis

    You really don’t want to go there because I’m about shut you up again.
    My point???? I was right to suggest loan spells and it happened!!!! Regardless what happens afterwards wether Milan buys Balo or not the point is as a Liverpool fan i won’t have to watch the pathetic fool at Anfield for the whole season. Also it buys Liverpool a whole year (time) to think a way to get rid of him and hope he finds success at Milan so we can at least recoup some of the fee we paid him in the first place. Like i said it’s a strategy clubs use to get rid of a player vicer versa.
    No one talks about insurance because the amount clubs paid is so small that it becomes insignificant. Contracts are negotiated base on case by case and wether it be loan contracts or purchase of a player. it is a topic that clubs usually dont reveal too much information to the public.
    BOOM!

  • RobBarron

    Sorry but you really aren’t worth bothering with. All that ‘momma said’ and ‘shut up’ and ‘boom’ stuff is for kids and simpletons. He went on loan, doesn’t mean it was our best option. At least we both agree he’s garbage. Let’s leave it at that. Sorry but at my age ( MUCH older than you) I really can’t be doing with the childish stuff. Enjoy the season.