English Premiership

Serie A side not interested in Ballotelli

Mario Balotelli (AFP)
Mario Balotelli (AFP)

President of Serie A side Pescara Daniele Sebastiani has ruled out a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, stating he would not fit in at the club.

The newly-promoted side recently sold star striker Gianluca Lapadula to AC Milan prompting press outlets to link Balotelli with a potential move.

However, Sebastiani says signing the 25-year-old former Inter Milan and Manchester City man, who has built up a reputation as something of a loose cannon, is not a priority for the club.

He has already been told by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp that he is not in the Reds' plans this season and has been relegated to training with the club's youth team.

Sebastiani told Premium Sport: "The name Balotelli gets brought up a lot, but Mario is a great player and the last thing I think he will do is come play for Pescara or Crotone.

"I know where we have to take action, but we also must remain patient and do our market. We don't have to bring in celebrities to please someone.

"We work too buy players who would best suit Pescara."

Pescara are on the lookout for new signings, but Sebastiani says the club are looking at more realistic options.

He added: "We spoke with [David] Pizarro, but at Pescara he would have to occupy a spot for a foreigner. Nevertheless, he is a great player for his age.

"As for [Giovanni] Simeone, we made an offer but a month later River Plate made a move for 65 percent of his rights and we decided not to go forward."