Liverpool are trying to identify potential suitors for Mario Balotelli as they fear being stuck with his £4.5million-per-season wages when he returns from his loan spell at AC Milan in the summer.
The Italian is set to return to Anfield this summer when his loan spell at AC Milan expires and Liverpool are believed to have started searching for buyers for the striker.
The Serie A club are paying around £70,000-per-week of his current £90,000-per-week salary.
But Liverpool will re-commence paying Balotelli’s full wages this summer; a prospect that will make a costly dent in their finances.
And the Reds have begun the process of finding the forward an alternative home ahead of his return to Merseyside.
However, finding suitors for the forward could be easier said than done given his tarnished reputation.
Balotelli has scored just eight goals in two seasons, and that, coupled with his bad-boy reputation is likely to put clubs off, even if Liverpool were to offer him at a significantly reduced price.
Elsewhere, Paulo Dybala is expected to make his first-team return for Juventus in the near future as the club looks to wrap up a fifth consecutive Serie A title.
The Bianconeri striker last played for his club on March 20 in Juve’s 4-1 win over Torino, and has been out ever since after suffering an inury.
The 22-year-old told Sky Italia, “I’m fine, I’m training in the right way, I hope to come back soon,” he said.
Juventus currently sit top of the Serie A with a six-point advantage.