Report: Napoli tempted by Balotelli, but Benitez has doubts

Mario Balotelli has been banished to the stands for Liverpool and Italian press reports suggest Napoli are an option if Rafa Benitez can be convinced.

The chances of Mario Balotelli turning things around at Liverpool look increasingly slim and reports linking the Italian international with Napoli have grown in volume.

Balotelli has been a disaster since his £16 million summer switch from AC Milan, but he still has fans in his homeland who remember the vast potential he showed in his Serie A spells.

While Sampdoria are also thought to be interested in Balotelli, Napoli seem to be the side thought most likely to make a bold move for the volatile marksman.

However, there are reports in Italian newspaper Tuttosport that coach Rafa Benitez isn't certain he can put his trust in Balotelli and is taking some time to weigh up the pros and cons of an approach.

Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola is said to be keen to get his client away from Anfield and has very strong connections across Italy.

One close contact is Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, who the Italian press believe is tempted by the chance to grab Balotelli.

But Benitez doesn't seem to be so sure and appears to have reservations about coaching Super Mario, who has driven other bosses crazy.

Any approach from Napoli would be in the form of a loan until the end of the season, but Liverpool would be required to continue paying most of Balotelli's wages as the Partenopei can't afford to.

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