Liverpool are keen to sell the Italian striker this summer.
The forward is expected to leave Liverpool this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp telling him to find a new club.
He spent last season on loan with AC Milan but failed to impress and he is not in the German’s plans at Anfield as a result.
A move to China has been touted, with the cash rich clubs of the Chinese Super League able to offer him the big wages he demands and help the Reds recoup their money on the Italian.
Pirlo though has warned his former teammate about making such a move.
“He needs to pick his next club carefully. I have read things about him and China. With all respect to their league, Mario should not be going there yet," the Mirror quotes him saying.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool can manage to offload Balotelli in the remainder of the transfer window.
The striker has been poor in the last few years to say the least and there is not likely to be a long line of clubs seeking his signature.
With that in mind, and his big wages to consider also, perhaps Liverpool will find it hard to move him on.