Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has offered Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli an escape route from Anfield.
The Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan but returned to pre-season training with the Reds at the weekend as the Rossoneri opted against making his stay permanent.
Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has been trying to find a suitable destination for his client, who is surplus to requirements under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and despite links with China and Turkey a return to his homeland could be the most likely get-out.
"Balotelli is Balotelli's own worst enemy," Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport. "Just like [Antonio] Cassano is Cassano's own worst enemy.
"He's a great player who's stuck back in the 1960s, stuck in the days of 'Sapore di sale' [a classic Italian song about relaxing on the beach].
"He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but I think he's still got mixed feelings. I've tried to tell him to come to Samp because he's a great talent."