Europeans keen for Liverpool to take hit of well over 50% on flop

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has called on Liverpool to drop their valuation of Mario Balotelli to below £7.1m, according to reports from Goal.

The Italian striker has been at Anfield for less than a year, but in that time his reputation has plummeted.

‘Balo’s’ return of just one Premier League goal has led to claims that the Reds are eager to offload him, and that they’re even ready to take as little as £7.1m – less than half the £16m they paid AC Milan – for his signature to get rid of him.

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However, even this level of discount is not enough for Sampdoria, with Ferrero urging the club to drop lower still if they want the Serie A side to take him off their hands:

“They told me that Mario was yesterday in Genoa,” he said.

“He costs €10m but, with discount, you look with open arms.”

Although taking such a hit in terms of fee might be unpopular on Merseyside the club may be forced to dip their demands with the 24-year-old unlikely to challenge Christian Benteke and, when fit, Daniel Sturridge for a striking role.