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 By Ben Gladwell

Crotone keen to sign Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli - club president Vrenna

Serie A club Crotone's president Raffaele Vrenna says he has made an approach for Mario Balotelli to the Liverpool forward's agent.

Crotone are preparing for their first ever season in Italy's top flight following promotion last season and Vrenna wants Balotelli, 25, to spearhead their attack, saying the move would be mutually beneficial.

"I've got to admit that I have called his agent Mino Raiola to talk about Balotelli," Vrenna told "Crotone has the ideal surroundings for a young talented player to grow and show himself off.

"We could be the right place to relaunch an incredible talent like Balotelli, who has unfortunately had a couple of seasons which were not particularly inspiring."

Mario Balotelli has returned to training with Liverpool.

Sources close to Liverpool have told ESPN FC that they are currently unaware of any interest from Crotone in their striker.

Balotelli is currently back training with Liverpool, where he still has two years to run on his contract, after a loan spell with AC Milan last season but appears unlikely to remain at Anfield.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has also expressed an interest in the forward, who was one of the biggest names in world football four years ago when his brace sent Italy into the final of Euro 2012 at the expense of Germany.

He managed just one league goal during his season-long loan with Milan, who declined the chance to make his move to permanent this summer. He also found the back of the net only once in 16 Premier League games for the Reds. 

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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