Fiorentina have been linked with a move for Mario Balotelli.
The Reds striker moved to Anfield last summer, joining from Serie A side AC Milan in a deal which left a number of supporters sceptical due to his much-publicised attitude.
As a goal scorer, not many can deny that he does have huge amounts of raw ability. However, as proven so often before, he is laboured, unreliable and alarmingly vulnerable to defensive pressure.
The 24-year-old netted just one league goal throughout the entire season, stark contrast to the 31 strikes Uruguayan international Luis Suarez netted in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
As such, Balotelli has been linked with a swift Anfield exit and a return to Italy with Fiorentina mooted in the press, the Daily Mail stating La Viola are interested in a possible loan deal.
However, a section of the club’s supporters evidently don’t feel the same way. As per the photo, a banner was left outside the club’s gates, reading: “You’re a man without honour, Florence doesn’t want you.”
Balotelli, a 33-cap Italian international, is fast running out of options as he continues to burn his bridges both in England and Italy due to his behaviour on and off the pitch.
A loan move may well be the best option for all parties involved. Yet, if Fiorentina listen to their fans and shy away from a deal, who is to say that a number of other clubs won’t follow suit.