According to the Mirror, Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli is being lined up for a move to China.
The report claims that Liverpool’s executives are confident of forcing through a move to China as Balotelli’s failure to shine while on loan at AC Milan has blocked a potential return to Italy.
The Italy international joined the Reds in the summer of 2014, yet a disappointing debut campaign on Merseyside prompted speculation of a swift exit the following summer.
The list of potential suitors in Europe is rather slim, thus seeing Balotelli return to Milan on a season-long deal as the San Siro club refused to buy him permanently outright.
Judging by his campaign thus far – one Serie A goal in ten appearances – it appears Milan made the correct call and he is at this moment in time set to re-join Liverpool in the summer.
But the Reds are said to be exploring new options, and the club are confident that they can offload Balotelli to China where a number of renowned stars are now opting to further their careers.
Over the past few months the likes of Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Ezequiel Lavezzi have made the move to Asia and with their transfer window still open, more could potentially follow.
The Mirror go on to say that Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is well aware of the financial benefits of a move to China, and that a move to the Far East could be of interest for the 25-year-old.
Balotelli has scored just two league goals in Italy and England combined over the past 18 months.