Liverpool’s hopes of moving on Mario Balotelli or Christian Benteke to Besiktas, either on loan or permanently, seem to be fading.
The Turkish champions are on the lookout for a striker and had been linked with the Reds pair, who are likely to be bit part players under boss Jurgen Klopp this season.
However, Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman distanced his club from the duo, suggesting Balotelli’s temperament and Benteke’s £32million asking price were sticking points.
“Benteke is a good player that we would want to see come to Besiktas but his he is valued at a very high price. It does not look like an easy deal,” he told reporters.
“Balotelli is a major star but a troubled player. He has got an image.
“We are interested in other players as well. Ideally we want to sign a striker on loan.”