Report: Monaco making efforts to sign Mario Balotelli from Liverpool

Monaco appear to have come forward as a team willing to take Mario Balotelli off Liverpool's hands.

Mario Balotelli is an unwanted leftover at Liverpool from Brendan Rodgers' spell as manager, even though the Northern Irishman very evidently did not want the player.

He has spent the season on loan at AC Milan and scored a paltry one goal, hardly stating a case for the Serie A side to pay up to sign him and his expensive wages.

Balotelli has admitted he wants to stay at Milan, quoted by The BBC  saying that is his preference rather than returning to Liverpool.

Yet a solution may have surfaced which would suit all parties. French outlet Maxifoot report, via Infosport, that Monaco are keen to sign the Italian.

It is claimed that owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has even held a meeting with Balotelli personally to try to convince him to join the Ligue 1 side next season.

If anything it shows Balotelli that he is a wanted man irrespective of Liverpool and AC Milan's decision, although the striker's wages make any deal tricky.

Rybolovlev is an owner rich enough to help finance a deal, and Monaco are one of the few European clubs able to - and perhaps foolish enough to pay Balotelli's wages after just two league goals in as many seasons.

From a Liverpool perspective, here's hoping...

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