Controversy over why Liverpool striker’s transfer broke down

Mario Balotelli

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is now almost certain not to join Besiktas after talks broke down.

Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri revealed that Balotelli rejected the Black Eagles offer due to the political situation in Turkey following the failed military coup.

A source close to Besiktas however, told that the club were not willing to meet Balotelli’s wage demands.

Besiktas were targeting a move of Balotelli as a potential replacement for Mario Gomez but have been put off by his insistence on a salary in the region of €5-6 million and will not continue talks unless he accepts a lower fee.

The Daily Star report that Napoli and Ajax are now being linked with a move for the 25-year-old striker.

Balotelli has not been included in the Liverpool squad that travelled to the US for their pre-season summer tour and has been told to find another club.

Reds head coach Jurgen Klopp does not have plans for Balotelli next season. The 25-year-old striker scored just one Serie A goal for AC Milan last season.

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