Galatasaray set sights on Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli

Galatasaray are preparing a summer move for Liverpool’s out-of-favour striker Mario Balotelli.

The Italian outlet Sport Mediaset have reported that the Lion’s are in a race with Lazio to secure the controversial striker’s signature.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper recently reported that the Red’s are keen to offload the £80,000 per week striker in the summer and will consider cut price bids in order to get him off the books.

The 25-year-old is currently on a season long loan at AC Milan. Baloteli has scored just one league goal in 23 appearances for the Serie A giants this season.

Balotelli has previously been linked with a move to Galatasaray, however given the clubs precarious financial position, a deal looks unlikely.

The Italy international joined the Reds on a £16 million transfer last season but struggled to settle in and failed to score a single goal.

Galatasaray are on the lookout for a new striker after offloading their top scorer Burak Yilmaz in January.