Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has offered Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli an escape route from Anfield.
The Italian striker international endured a frustrating loan spell back with former club AC Milan last season, and 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 thought to be surplus to requirements under Jurgen Klopp.
The 25-year-old has been linked with moves to China and Turkey, but a return to his homeland could be the most likely option.
And Ferrero insists he would be happy to give the out-of-form striker the platform to relaunch his career with Serie A side Sampdoria.
“Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy,” Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport.
“Just like [controversial Sampdoria striker 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.”