Balotelli receives offer from Italian third-tier outfit

Mario Balotelli has been offered a route out of Liverpool after Italian third-tier outfit Lupa Castelli revealed they are interested in the striker.

The former Manchester City man struggled during his first campaign at Anfield as he scored just one Premier League goal and gradually fell down the pecking order.

His first-team oportunities look set to be further limited by the arrivals of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and returning Lille loanee Divock Origi, while the Italy international also missed out on a place on the Reds’ pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

But Lupa Castelli honorary president Marco Amelia believes his club would give Balotelli the perfect opportunity to rebuild his career away from the usual scrutiny he is put under.

“Our intention is to bring our friend, Balotelli, here, a player who at this time needs to start afresh because we see that he does not want to play anymore, has fans opposing him and is no longer able to show his quality,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing.

“I’ll try to call Mario Balotelli. On an economic point of view, we’ll see what happens. I think that at this time Mario needs to find the will he needs to compete.

“It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it.”