Liverpool nearing deal to offload much-maligned ace, wages threaten permanent transfer

Mario Balotelli is nearing a move to Turkish giants Besitkas although the Liverpool striker’s wage demands mean that it’s likely to be a loan instead of a permanent deal, according to reports from Fanatik.

The Italian forward has been an unmitigated disaster of a signing for the Reds, with the ex-Manchester City man notching just four goals in his debut season at Anfield before being sent back to AC Milan, the club they signed him from for £16m, on loan for 2015/16.

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‘Balo’ once again failed to impress back at the San Siro and is currently on Merseyside training with Liverpool’s U21s while the rest of the squad undergo pre-season preparations in America.

A move is widely expected for the 25-year-old before the close of the transfer window, and reports claim that Turkish champions Besiktas are keen to take him.

However, Balotelli’s wage demands leave it that that they cannot afford a permanent deal, meaning that a loan move with the Kop side paying some of his salary is the most likely outcome.