Juventus manager seemingly confirms their interest in Mario Balotelli

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Juventus could be set to move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli before the end of January…

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that he would be interested in signing Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window, despite his indifferent Premier League form.

Balotelli has scored just two goals so far this season, neither of which came in the Premier League. He has also been involved in several off the field incidents that have thrown his Anfield future into doubt.

Reports in The Times carry quotes from the Juve’ boss, who would prefer to take the controversial Italian on loan, with the view to a permanent £14m move next summer.

Allegri said: “We would like to recruit him, but we do not know if it is possible. Mario had a good season with me (at AC Milan).

“Unfortunately he’s built up a character outside of the world of football and everyone talks about what he does off the pitch. But all coaches love to lead the best players.”

However, the club’s general manager Giuseppe Marotta rejected the claims, telling reporters: “Balotelli is not the player we are willing to buy, we will go forward with this group, Balotelli is not what we are seeking.”

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