Liverpool: New club in for Balotelli; Paredes latest; Chinese takeover possible
Liverpool’s inauspicious attempts to dispose of Mario Balotelli this summer may be about to take a positive turn, as Bologna became the latest Italian club to declare their possible interest in signing the troubled striker.
Bologna boss Roberto Donadoni said he would be “okay with Balotelli joining the club”, and described the striker as a “big player”, sparking rumours of an imminent move for the 26-year-old striker.
Balotelli struggled massively after joining Liverpool from AC Milan in 2014, scoring just one Premier League goal before returning to the Italian Club in a disappointing loan spell last season. That hasn’t stopped a number of clubs, including Wolves, Port Vale, Sampdoria and most recently Chievo being linked with a move for the Italian, but Liverpool’s efforts to shift their failed gamble have proved very difficult thus far.
The club and the fans alike will be hoping that this reported interest from Bologna turns concrete, with Donadoni failing to confirm whether there was any firm interest from his club in the player, but Balotelli’s career at Anfield is over in every way other than the official sense.
Staying in Italy, the Reds have received a warning from European rivals AC Milan over their ability to sign Leandro Paredes, after the Rossinerri said that Roma were unwilling to do business with them over a move for the player.
22-year-old Paredes, who impressed on loan at Empoli last season has been linked with an £18 million move for Liverpool, who currently lack a real defensive-minded central midfielder in their attack focused squad. Paredes had looked like a good fit to fill the void, but it now may seem that Roma are intent on keeping hold of the player.
After a dismal defeat to Burnley, where the Reds were overrun at times on the counter attack, a player like Paredes could be the perfect option, but for now, it appears that they face a real battle to prise him away from Roma.
Finally, the Guardian have reported that Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group may be interested in allowing Chinese state-backed group Everbright to invest in the club, but are not interested in selling the club outright.
The club, which is valued at around £700 million, was bought by its current American owners in 2010, but a surge in interest in football from the Far East has led to Chinese investment in Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the last few months.
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