Is Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli destined to join Stoke City?

The Italian is perfect for the club's current policy.

Under Mark Hughes Stoke City are slowly but surely starting to lift the Tony Pulis-style from their repertoire.

Pulis played an effective but unattractive game based around physical and territorial football but Hughes has Stoke moving the ball around and playing some really successful stuff.

Part of that process has been the arrival of highly talented but mercurial talents.

The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic, Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic has seen Stoke transformed. When all four are firing, as they were against Manchester City earlier in the month, The Potters look unplayable.

So how about the odds on another enigma one day heading to Stoke?

The player in question is Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli.

The Italian, who is already friends with Arnautovic from their hell-raising days at Inter Milan, has had a torrid 2015.

He is injured and therefore out of action for loan team AC Milan after a poor stint with Liverpool.

Stoke City could be the perfect place to revive his career.

Bolton Wanderers used to be the team that did this, but with players far beyond their prime.

Stoke are catching the talents before it is too late and building a potent attacking weapon with the fruits of their labour.

Balotelli would not look out of place.

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