Liverpool's Mario Balotelli offered way out of Anfield... by third division Italian club
Mario Balotelli could be offered a way out of Anfield following a difficult 12 months on Merseyside after Italian third division side ASD Lupa Castelli chipped in with an audacious bid for the striker.
Marco Amelia, the former AC Milan goalkeeper who is president at the Lega Pro Prima Divisione side, has said a move to the Frascati club would help the Italy international 'clean up his act'.
"Our intention is to bring our friend, Balotelli, here, a player who at this time needs to start afresh because we see that he does not want to play anymore, has fans opposing him and is no longer able to show his quality.
"For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing.
"Six months here would be useful to him to start the path of purification.
"He must regain humility and enthusiasm that allowed him to break into football matters when he was starting out.
"It will be difficult, almost impossible, but I will try anyway. I hope that the importance of the city of Rome and our friendship helps me.
"I'll try to call Mario Balotelli. On an economic point of view, we'll see what happens.
"I think that at this time Mario needs to find the will he needs to compete. It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it."
Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing to hijack Liverpool's move for German World Cup winner Marco Reus.
Reus has long been linked with a move away from his current club, Borussia Dortmund, and is thought to favour a move to England, having played in Germany for the entirety of his career.