Mauro Icardi would love to see Mario Balotelli back at Inter Milan

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Mario Balotelli may be unceremoniously dumped by Liverpool in January, but Mauro Icardi says the striker would be welcome back at Inter Milan.

As Fernando Torres prepares to sever all ties with English football and complete an emotional homecoming, could another high-profile forward be about to do the same?

Mario Balotelli was brought back to the Premier League by Liverpool over the summer, with £16 million invested in the former Manchester City striker.

Brendan Rodgers knew he was taking a risk on the fiery frontman, but even he has had to admit that things have not worked out for the Italy international.

Balotelli is yet to score in the top-flight this season and may be moved on in January in an effort to free up funds and space in the Anfield squad.

A return to Serie A would be the most likely option for the 24-year-old, and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi says he would be welcome back at the San Siro – with Roberto Mancini, who has worked with Balotelli at Inter and City in the past, now at the helm.

He said: “He’s a great player and if he were to arrive we’d happily welcome him.

“Finally I have been able to give my contribution to the team after injury. We are challenging for third place, then we’ll see at the end of the season.

“I didn’t know Roberto Mancini personally, but he has done well at every club, so I’m sure he’ll continue that trend with Inter too.

“I am also ready to put pen to paper on a new contract.”

Balotelli spent three years with Inter prior to moving to England in 2010.

He returned to the San Siro with AC Milan in 2013, but lasted just 18 months with the Rossoneri.

He is – like Torres – fast running out of clubs willing to take a punt on his services, but it could be that a return to familiar surroundings helps to bring the best out of him again.

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