Sampdoria boss Walter Zenga leaves door open for Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is being linked with a Liverpool exit and a return to his homeland looks the most likely option.

Sampdoria coach Walter Zenga has refused to rule out a move for Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, in an interview with Rai Sport.

The forward may leave Anfield this summer after a disappointing first season back in the Premier League.

A return to Italy seems the most likely option if he does cut his losses, with Sampdoria having been linked with a move for him for some time and the Mirror reporting that club owner Massimo Ferrero would welcome the player joining.

Now, Zenga’s comments seem to echo those of his boss, with a statement of “we’ll see” suggesting a move isn't out of the question.

“Pazzini, Cassano and Balotelli? They’re all quality players. There are many issues to consider that sometimes escape the people, though. We’ll see, the market is open until September,” he told Rai Sport.

A return to Serie A an ideal solution

One issue may be Liverpool’s asking price for the Italian, with the Reds unlikely to recoup the £16 million they paid for him last summer, but naturally keen to make back as much as possible.

The wishes of the player are also important and Balotelli is likely to feel he still has a lot to prove in England. A return to Italy though, would surely make sense from a career standpoint.

Balotelli has arguably enjoyed his best form in Serie A, with his spells at both Inter Milan and AC Milan proving more successful for him, with his spell at the latter his best goal-scoring return to date.

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