Mario Balotelli’s career at Liverpool is reportedly in its final days, amid claims that his contract will be mutually terminated should the Italian not complete a switch elsewhere.
According to a report in the Express, Balotelli was left out of Liverpool’s squad for their first 2016-17 pre-season clash with Preston on Friday, despite reports that he had acted professionally over the past week at the club’s training base at Melwood.
The report goes on to claim that the Italian is not keen on a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, who have been heavily linked with the 25-year-old.
Meanwhile, a move to Sampdoria is also up in the air as Liverpool look to offload their problematic forward.
The Express report claims that talks between the sides have stalled as they fail to agree on the terms of the deal. Both sides are reluctant to pay for Balotelli with a loan deal looking more likely.
It is reported that the Merseyside club will accept to offload Balotelli on a temporary basis, with his deal at Anfield set to run out in a year.
The report goes on to state that should an agreement not be reached with any suitor, then both parties will look to terminate the Italian’s contract with the Premier League club.
The mercurial forward has endured a difficult time in recent years and has not featured on the international stage since 2014, with the Italian having spent last season on loan at his former club AC Milan, in which he managed a single goal in twenty appearances for the Rossoneri.
With just twelve months remaining on his deal at Anfield, the termination of his contract is not out of the question, however Liverpool are confident that he could command seek a decent figure.
Although having been signed for £16m under Brendan Rodgers just two-years ago, the enigmatic forward’s stock has fallen to a new low.