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Bologna offer Balotelli an escape from Liverpool


Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Promoted Bologna could offer Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli the opportunity to rekindle his career in Serie A.

The 24-year-old scored just one Premier League goal in his first season at Anfield and the Italy international's position has been weakened by the £32.5million arrival of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Sampdoria have already expressed their interest in bringing Balotelli back to the league where he has represented both Inter and AC Milan, and now Bologna's director of sport Pantaleo Corvino has hinted at a loan deal.

"I would take him, he would be highly motivated here," Corvino said.

"Of course, Bologna have to respect certain financial parameters, but for the right price I would even look at the possibility of buying him outright."

Bologna, who are currently coached by Delio Rossi, have just returned from a season in Serie B.

The Rossoblu finished fourth in the second division but beat Pescara to promotion by winning a two-legged play-off final in June.