Five potential summer destinations for misfiring Mario Balotelli
Liverpool’s misfiring Italian striker Mario Balotelli has endured a lacklustre spell at Anfield, and has recently come under even more scrutiny, following his poor FA Cup display against Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.
The former Manchester City forward is odds-on at 8/11 to not be a Liverpool player on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, after managing to net only four goals in his futile Reds career so far.
Out-of-favour forward Balotelli has the potential to be a prolific poacher, having shown glimpses of his possible potent performances this season, after bagging an important winner against Tottenham last month.
However, it’s still clear that the misfiring marksman needs to be at a club that will make him their main man and build a team around the Italy international, in order to reach his maximum potential.
A move to the Turkish Super Lig could provide Balotelli with the platform on which he could finally hit the heights he promised as a young prospect.
Galatasaray are sitting at the summit of the Turkish top-flight and are regularly contesting in Europe’s elite competition each year.
A possible reunion with former Inter Milan teammate Wesley Sneijder would boost the club’s attacking threat massively, with the duo having played alongside each other at the San Siro during the 2009/10 campaign.
Ligue 1 title-hopefuls Monaco would have no problem paying Balotelli’s substantial wages, as a potential link-up with former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov a possible potent pairing.
The Italian attacker would undoubtedly enjoy life in the South of France, and European football looks likely, after Leonardo Jardim’s men climbed into the top four places.
The striker has been dubbed as an unmanageable forward, having caused controversy at virtually every club he has represented. He has already played for both Milan clubs in the Serie A and stirring some unwanted trouble, many top-flight Italian outfits would be reluctant to make a move for Balotelli’s services.
However, Palermo is the attacker’s place of birth and he has previously stated that he wishes to one play at home. The Serie A side are also set to lose their prized asset Paulo Dybala in the summer, and if the Liverpool striker is willing to take a pay-cut, he could relish a move to the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
Another club looking seemingly likely to lose their star striker to a top European outfit is Porto, with Jackson Martinez the subject of heated speculation linking him with a switch to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Balotelli could fill the potential void left by the Colombian hitman, with the Portuguese outfit certain to feature in next season’s Champions League, after climbing nine points clear in second place of the Primeira Liga.
The Greek giants have welcomed former top names such as Rivaldo into their ranks, and are constantly pushing for domestic silverware success each and every ear.
Balotelli would almost certainly become the Greek Super League leader’s star man up front, and would provide Vitor Pereira’s title-favourites with some further firepower at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki.
The misfiring marksman is still receiving some game time under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and is even-money to still be a Liverpool player on the opening day of next season.