Report: Liverpool would sell Mario Balotelli for under £5m

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Liverpool are preparing to take a big loss on Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli could be set for a cut price exit from Liverpool, report Tuttomercatoweb.

The Italian international scored only one Premier League goal last season, failing to live up to expectations after his summer move from AC Milan.

Tuttomercatoweb report that Liverpool aim to recoup 10 million Euros for Balotelli, but would be willing to drop to 7 million, just to get him off their books - This works out at just £4.89 million.

It would mean Balotelli's market value would have been slashed by almost 75 per cent in just 12 months, having cost the Merseyside giants £16 million last summer, as reported The BBC.

What is unclear is where he will end up, but Liverpool hope that by dropping his price tag they will find a taker for his services. Tuttomercatoweb cite Lazio as a possible destination, where he could link up with English football's own bad boy, Ravel Morrison.

Having not been a part of Liverpool's pre-season matches, it would be a surprise if Balotelli had any involvement even as a substitute for this weekend's Premier League opener away to Stoke City.

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