Euro giants readying move for Liverpool attacker after big development

Ajax are plotting to step up their pursuit of Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli after guaranteeing European football for the 2016/17 season, according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Amsterdam heavyweights eased past Greek outfit PAOK in their Champions League third qualifying round tie to earn a spot in the play-off round.

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Ajax enter this stage of the competition as a seeded team, meaning they are likely to get a favourable draw, but even if they are beaten over two legs, a spot in the Europa League awaits.

And reports claim that this has prompted the club to up their pursuit of Balotelli, who has emerged as a shock target of late.

The 25-year-old Italian could be a direct replacement for Arkadiusz Milik, who has left the Amsterdam ArenA to sign for Napoli.

‘Balo’ has no future on Merseyside under Jurgen Klopp, who left the controversial marksman in England during the club’s pre-season tour of America.

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