Sampdoria are keen to bring Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli to Serie A in the January transfer window, with the potential of them offering the Reds goalkeeper Sergio Romero in a swap deal to secure the striker.
Balotelli has struggled since his arrival at Anfield, and has not scored in the Premier League, having signed for the Merseyside club for £16 million towards the end of the summer transfer window.
Brendan Rodgers has also repeatedly admitted that Balotelli does not fit into a high intensity system in recent weeks, with intensity being a key element that Liverpool have tried to reintroduce to their game in recent weeks.
As a result, it’s becoming increasingly unclear as to why Liverpool made a move for Balotelli in the summer, given that the manager does not rate him particularly, and has said he will likely be a substitute going forward.
Sampdoria are keen to exploit this lack of certainty over his future and place in the side by capturing him, according to The Guardian.
A move back to Serie A could appeal to Balotelli, and Liverpool would like be happy to receive a goalkeeper they have an interest in in Romero as exchange.
Liverpool are set to do battle with Manchester City for the signature of Argentinian international goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The Anfield club are in dire need of a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window, having seen Simon Mignolet suffer from a terrible drop in form over the course of the campaign.
As a result, Brad Jones has been thrown in net by Brendan Rodgers, but despite a slight upturn in performances, Jones’ involvement is only expected to be on a temporary basis.
Rodgers has been chasing a series of goalkeepers since the summer, with little success thus far for the Northern Irish manager.
It now seems as though he might turn back to a prior transfer target.
He could, however, face competition for Romero, who plays for Sampdoria, from Man City, according to Italian outlet Il Corriere Mercantile.
Romero appeared in the World Cup final for Argentina this summer, losing to Germany at the last hurdle.
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Argentina’s World Cup goalkeeping star Sergio Romero and have registered their interest in the goalkeeper with his club, Sampdoria, as reported by the Daily Star.
Italian outlet Sky Sport Italia have been suggesting that the Merseyside team are in initial negotiations for the transfer of the 27-year-old goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 club Monaco.
Reports also suggest that a deal between the Serie A side and Liverpool is close.
Liverpool seemingly see Romero as the ideal replacement for the recently departed Pepe Reina, who moved to Bayern Munich earlier this month. The Spanish international was only ever going to be kept in reserve to Simon Mignolet this season, and given Romero’s willingness to remain as the backup to Danijel Subasic at Monaco last season, he could be a good solution.
He has impressed, however, being nominated on the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s Golden Glove award at the World Cup.
Sampdoria will be willing to let Romero go, having signed Emiliano Viviano in his place.