Ajax not alone… Serie A minnows in the race for Liverpool outcast

Bologna have joined the race for Liverpool’s unwanted striker Mario Balotelli, according to reports from TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Italian striker’s future at Anfield appears extremely bleak, with Jurgen Klopp having already publicly advised the player to move on before the close of the transfer window before leaving him out of the team’s pre-season plans in America.

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There have since been links between ‘Balo’ and a host of clubs, with rumours of a shock move to Ajax having circulated today.

However, the Dutch giants have reportedly been joined in the race for the 25-year-old by Bologna.

The Rossoblu, who finished in the bottom half of Serie A last season and were in the second tier as recently as the 2014/15 campaign, are believed to have made contact with the forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, to assess their chances of luring Balotelli to Italy.

‘Mad Mario’ signed for Liverpool from AC Milan in the summer of 2014 for £16m, but endured a disastrous debut term at Anfield and was shipped back to the San Siro on loan for the season just gone, where he again failed to impress.