Bizarre suitors emerge in race for Liverpool outcast, deal hinges on big outcome

Ajax are shock candidates for the signature of Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli, according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian is back on Merseyside after a below par loan spell at AC Milan, but his future appears to be away from Anfield with Jurgen Klopp having suggested that the 25-year-old should move on, while he’s also been left out of the team’s pre-season preparations in America.

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Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, is understood to be shopping his client around to teams across Europe, and reports claim that Ajax have emerged as shock suitors.

The Amsterdam giants appear likely to lose key striker Arkadiusz Milik to Napoli, who have recently sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus, and will need to replace the Poland international should the transfer go through.

‘Balo’ is a candidate to lead the line for the Eredivisie giants, but their ability to attract him and pay his wages hinges on Champions League qualification, with play-off games currently in their path.

As well as Di Marzio, another respected Italian reported, Fabrizio Romano, has confiemd Ajax’s interest: