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 By Ben Gladwell

Mario Balotelli has invitation to join Sampdoria 'immediately' - Ferrero

Club president Massimo Ferrero says Mario Balotelli would be welcome at Sampdoria.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has once again extended an invitation to Mario Balotelli to join his club, saying it would be "fantastic" to see the former Inter Milan and AC Milan forward lead his side's attack with Samuel Eto'o.

Ferrero said last month that he felt Sampdoria would be the perfect place for Balotelli to rediscover his best form and revive his career after a difficult first year at Liverpool, saying the pressure in Genoa would not be so great.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss on Thursday, Ferrero said he would take Balotelli in an instant if he could.

"He's a great name and certainly he'd be welcomed by many clubs," Ferrero said. "If it were up to me, I would bring him to Sampdoria immediately. It would be fantastic to have him together with Eto'o."

Balotelli scored 14 goals in Serie A for the Rossoneri last season, moving on to 58 strikes in Italy's top flight. He has scored only once for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, though, and is tipped to return to Italy in the summer, one year after his £16 million transfer.

With four games of the season remaining, Sampdoria are on course for a place in the Europa League next season and that could be a good enough reason for Balotelli to accept a move to Liguria.

Sampdoria would nevertheless have to commit most of their potential prize money from competing in Europe next season to capture Balotelli, who may be allowed to leave Liverpool for a cut-price fee having failed to match their expectations since arriving from Milan last summer.


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