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Report: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli willing to join Chievo; one stumbling block

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move away from the club.

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According to Corriere della Sera, Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli has agreed to join Chievo in principle, however his current £90,000 per week wages could prove to be a major stumbling block.

The report claims that the controversial forward has given the green light to join the Serie A side, though his wages are an obvious problem and Liverpool may have to contribute should a deal go ahead.

Balotelli arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014 as a replacement for the departed Luis Suarez, yet despite arriving as big-name striker and former Premier League winner, he immediately struggled to perform.

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The Italy international simply couldn’t get going under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, and his apparent laid-back approach simply didn’t fit the profile of Liverpool’s aggressive pressing game.

Balotelli soon found himself out of the first-team picture, and the following season he moved back to AC Milan on a season-long loan deal where he failed to replicate previous good form.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

It has now reached a stage where options are running thin for the former Manchester City man after being banished to the reserves following a fall out with Jurgen Klopp, yet Chievo could be his way out.

Reports in Italy claim the forward has given the go ahead to joining the club this summer, yet his current salary goes well beyond Chievo’s current budget and some sort of compromise would have to be reached.

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