With Liverpool keen to get Mario Balotelli off their books, Turkish champions Besiktas will look to secure the Italian on a loan deal.
The 25-year-old forward is on the market as the Reds see no future for him at Anfield, and he is being lined up to replace Mario Gomez in Istanbul. The German’s own successful loan spell has ended and he has returned to Fiorentina .
According to Fanatik, Balotelli’s wages, currently standing at around €5.5 million each year, are far too much for Besiktas to consider a permanent move for the former AC Milan man.
However, if Liverpool are willing to pay a percentage of his salary, the deal could go through.
Indeed, Besiktas president Fikret Orman did not rule out the possibility when asked about the 25-year-old’s link with the club.
“Balotelli? Why not?,” he said.
The enigmatic forward returned to Milan on loan after an underwhelming debut season on Merseyside, but only netted one league goal for the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza club last season.
Balotelli has has also played for Manchester City and Inter , as well as winning 33 caps for the Italian national team.