According to a report in the Spanish paper Diario Sport, Lazio are willing to negotiate a deal for Liverpool star Mario Balotelli on the condition they qualify for the Champions League group stages.
Balotelli was recently left out of the club’s pre-season tour, sparking more talk yet potential suitors are limited, largely due to the controversy and baggage the striker brings to the table.
With options decreasing, fresh reports claim Lazio are willing to take Balotelli on but only on the basis the club qualify for the Champions League group phase so they can compensate for his wages. The Rome-based outfit are to be placed in the final qualifying section alongside the likes of Manchester United and Valencia, the prize awarded for a third-place finish in Serie A.
Balotelli is evidently a capable striker in his own right yet the decision to buy him was a poor one from the Reds as his playing style is in some contrast to Brendan Rodgers’ working philosophy.
The Northern Irish boss wants his players to apply high pressure, defend from the front and provide plenty of movement in the final third, attributes which the former AC Milan man simply doesn’t possess.
The 24-year-old Liverpool striker was never going to fit in at Anfiel and the pressure on his shoulders to replace Uruguayan international Luis Suarez only made his displays even more open to criticism.