Liverpool's Mario Balotelli linked with transfer to Crotone

Mario Balotelli of AC Milan reacts
Image: Mario Balotelli could be heading back to Italy with Serie A minnows Crotone

Serie A new boys Crotone have made an approach to sign Italy international Mario Balotelli from Liverpool.

Balotelli recently returned to Merseyside following an unsuccessful season-long loan with former club AC Milan.

Balotelli trains with his Liverpool team-mates ahead of the new season
Image: Former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Balotelli trains with his Liverpool team-mates after returning to the club following his loan spell with Milan

The 25-year-old, who scored just once in 20 league games for the Rossoneri, is deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield and was linked with Sampdoria earlier this week.

However, tiny Calabrian outfit Crotone, who won promotion to Italy's top flight for the first time in their history last season, have contacted Balotelli's agent about bringing the striker to the 9,631-capacity Stadio Ezio Scida.

CROTONE, ITALY - MAY 20:  Players of Crotone celebrate after the Serie B match between FC Crotone and Virtus Entella  at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on May
Image: Crotone finished runners up in Serie B last season to become only the third Calabrian club to play in Italy's top division

"I made a phone call to agent Mino Raiola for Balotelli," Crotone's president Raffaele Vrenna told La GazzaMercato.

"Crotone are the ideal environment for young talent to grow and express themselves.

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"We could be the right place to revive an incredible talent like that of Balotelli, who has unfortunately just experienced a couple of difficult seasons."

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