Report: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli attracting Chievo's attention

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Balotelli seems destined to leave Liverpool in some capacity this summer.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has emerged as a target for Chievo according to a report in Gazzetta World.

Balotelli appears to have no future at Anfield having not featured in any of the side's pre-season action following his return from a loan spell at AC Milan this summer. 

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The report states that Chievo president Luca Campedelli is keen to give the forward a fresh start and has dined with Mino Raiola, Balotelli's agent, to discuss a potential move. 

He is said to think that Balotelli has matured and that a loan move could benefit both the club and the player. 

It seems as though Liverpool just want to get the forward off their books as the £16 million transfer from August 2014 has not worked out for either party.

Balotelli only found the net on four occasions in his debut season and was down the pecking order for many games with then manager Brendan Rodgers preferring to use the likes of Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert in the main striker's role.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is substituted as manager Brendan Rodgers looks on

Klopp has not entertained the notion that he could be used as one of his striker options going into the new campaign. Liverpool already have Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings as forward options, while Christian Benteke looks surplus to requirements. 

It will be interesting to see where Balotelli does end up at the end of the transfer window, and if he leaves Liverpool, then how. Will it cost them money? Will they even get a fee? It seems the Reds will be determined to put one of their worst pieces of transfer business in recent memory behind them.

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