Report: Sampdoria to offer Balotelli exit from Liverpool struggles

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The Serie A side's supremo has said he could help the forward become 'the real Balotelli again'.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is still a coveted man back in his homeland, according to quotes in La Gazzetta Della Sport.

Former Manchester City star Balotelli has had a dismal season on Merseyside after a move back to the Premier League late on in last summer's transfer window.

Signed as a replacement for Luis Suarez, the Italian has wholly failed to replicate the now Barcelona star's influence for his new side, and has just four goals to his name in 25 games since arriving at Anfield - including one lonely strike in the league.

But the forward produced decent form in Serie A at AC Milan between his spells in the Premier League, and the president of one of Italy's top clubs has told La Gazzetta Della Sport that he would love to rescue him from Liverpool.

"I would take him -- he'd be the real Balotelli again here," Sampdoria's Massimo Ferrero said. "He wouldn't have too much pressure here in Genoa."

Sampdoria are in a three-way battle with Napoli and Fiorentina to finish in fourth position in Serie A, something that would give them European football for the first time in five seasons.

Ferreo also suggested a somewhat controversial approach in order to get the best out of the enigmatic Italy international, stripping away the wealth Balotelli is surrounded by in order to get him hungry again. With Sampdoria unlikely to be able to afford the wages the 24-year-old is earning at Anfield, Ferreo stressed why this could actually work out in the forward's best interests.

"He's lost his hunger," the Sampdoria supremo added. "He's earning too much. If he was only on bread and water, he'd be a champion again."

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