Liverpool using clever tactics to offload Balotelli for maximum summer profit

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Liverpool are attempting to persuade a rich Chinese club to take Mario Balotelli off our hands in the summer, the Times reveals.

The club’s commercial director Billy Hogan is currently in the Far East negotiating deals with various companies for naming rights for the new Main Stand.

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But while he’s there, he’s speaking to clubs about them signing our wayward Italian striker come the end of this season.

Liverpool infamously signed Balotelli for £16m in the summer of 2014, but the 25-year-old proved a monumental waste of time and money, and is currently spending the season on loan in Italy.

His meagre performances in Serie A though prove his chances at elite clubs are likely up.

It would be fantastic if we could recoup what we paid for Balotelli, but any deal would weigh entirely on whether the former Manchester City striker was willing to head to the CSL.

Once upon a time that would have seemed ridiculous for a striker of his pedigree and fame, but in January, Jackson Martinez, Alex Teixeira and Ramires, to name but a few, headed that way – increasing the possibility that more will follow in the summer.

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