Bologna are the latest club to deny any interest in signing Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.
The Italian club’s Sporting Director, Riccardo Bigon, has been quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport as saying that he is not interested in bringing Balotelli back to Italy.
He said: “Often at this stage of the market names are put around just to create rumours in the media. I can say there’s nothing concrete.
Of course he’s a good player and I don’t like to have to say that we aren’t interested in him, but he’s not the target of any move from us.”
In an alarming fall from grace, Balotelli is currently being linked with a move to the Championship, with Wolves said to be interested in the former Juventus striker, or even down to League One with Port Vale, reports the Sun.
The man himself has suggested to Eurosport that he would be willing to move to Chievo, but his inflated wage demands – demands fitting for a player who has 33 caps for Italy but probably not for a player who is being linked with Port Vale – are proving to be an obstacle to progress.
He was briefly linked with Ajax, although the signing of Bertrand Traore on a season-long loan from Chelsea appears to have put paid to that option.
Besiktas were interested in Balotelli and his Liverpool teammate Benteke, but the Daily Mail reported that their interest had simmered, and although Benteke has just agreed a move to Crystal Palace, Balotelli remains in search of a club.
As far back as May, Galatasaray and AC Milan were said to be keen on the 26-year-old but with no moves having been tendered in the following three months, those clubs would seem to have passed on the option.
This transfer merry-go-round is a sad state of affairs for a player who seemed to have the world at his feet five or so years ago.
Balotelli would seem to have got his way now; it’s no longer always him.