Crotone director Giovanni Vrenna says reported interest in Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli was only a joke as he admits his club couldn’t afford such an operation for the player, Tuttomercatoweb report.
A few days ago the newly promoted Italian club were linked with a spectacular deal for the out of favour Liverpool star, with Raffaele Vrenna quoted as saying he would like to sign the striker this summer.
"Will we bring a top player to Crotone? We have a good reputation for revitalising the careers of players having a difficult time,” The Liverpool Echo quotes Vrenna as saying. “In that case, why not go for Balotelli?”
Balotelli has seen his career turn sour over the past few seasons, and after a pretty subdued loan spell at AC Milan this past season he looks set to return to Liverpool with his future very much in doubt.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has a number of forward players at his disposal, and it would come as a big surprise if he decides to retain Balotelli’s services considering the contrasting styles of play.
Could Crotone be a realistic option for the former Manchester City man? Well, speaking to reporters, director Giovanni Vrenna admits previous statements were made in jest as he ruled out a potential move.
“Balotelli? It was a joke by my brother which was then taken seriously. For us it is impractical from an economic and operational point of view. We look at quieter players,” Vrenna told Tuttomercatoweb.
Balotelli has a reputation for being a troublemaker, and it now appears his options are limited as not many teams can afford his services and those who can are seemingly steering well clear.