Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is set to be surplus to requirements at Anfield next season, but has been given the chance to resurrect his ailing career at Sampdoria if he wants to take it.
Balotelli, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan with limited success, has been linked with a move to the Genoa-based club before, although there do remain doubts over whether he is willing to make the leap.
“Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy,” Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero told Corriere dello Sport, comparing the enigmatic striker to current controversial La Samp favourite Antonio Cassano.
“He’s a great player who’s stuck back in the 1960s – in the days of Sapore di Sale,” Ferrero added, referring to a famous old Italian song about relaxing on the beach.
“He could relaunch himself at a passionate club like ours, but I think he’s still got mixed feelings. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”
Balotelli has also been heavily linked with a move to Besiktas in Turkey, as well as possibly joining the football revolution in China by signing for one of the supremely wealthy Chinese Super League clubs.
His time actually in a Liverpool shirt was virtually non-existent. He played just 16 times in the Premier League over the whole 2014/15 campaign, managing a pitiful 4 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
In fact, taking into account his season on loan with Milan, Balotelli has only found the net on seven occasions at club level in the last two years.