Crotone makes approach for Balotelli

The Italian striker is not expected to play a big part for Liverpool next season and the newly-promoted Serie A side is hoping to snap him up, the club’s president has confirmed.

Crotone president Raffaele Vrenna has confirmed the newly promoted Serie A side is interested in signing Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

The Italy international endured a difficult 2015-16 campaign on loan at AC Milan, scoring just three goals in all competitions, and he has returned to Anfield ahead of next season.

Balotelli is unlikely to play a big role in manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans, though, and Crotone is ready to offer the 25-year-old a way out.

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“I made a phone call to agent Mino Raiola for Balotelli,” Vrenna told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Crotone are the ideal environment for young talent to grow and express themselves.

“We could be the right place to revive an incredible talent like that of Balotelli, who has unfortunately just experienced a couple of difficult seasons.”

Crotone faces stiff competition for Sampdoria in the race for the flamboyant attacker, with the Genoa-based side previously admitting it is also interested in signing the former Inter star.

The original version of this story which was published by Serie A can be viewed here.

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