Liverpool transfers: Sampdoria rule out Mario Balotelli bid

Sampdoria aren't interested in signing Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, says the Serie A club's boss Walter Zenga

Sampdoria aren’t plotting a move for Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli despite reports in the media, according to the club’s coach Walter Zenga.

The Serie A outfit had been linked with a move for the Italy international in the summer transfer window as Liverpool look to offload the 24-year-old.

Balotelli is set to fall further down the pecking order at the Merseyside outfit following the Reds’s £29m capture of Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino.

However, Sampdoria manager Zenga ruled out a swoop for the former AC Milan striker, who moved to Anfield from the San Siro in a £16m deal last summer.

“Cassano and Balotelli are players of extraordinary talent, but no, we won’t be signing them,” Zenga is quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo.

“Giampaolo Pazzini? Who wouldn’t like to train a player like that? But there are problems with such signings that fans are unaware of.

“We have already made three or four buys. There’s Edgar Barreto, Niklas Moisander, Federico Bonazzoli and Mattia Cassani. We got Cassani to plug the gap after Lorenzo De Silvestri’s injury.

“The club acted quickly in the transfer market and we are building a good squad.”

Balotelli, who is being linked with a potential return to Serie A in the summer, scored his only Premier League goal in a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in March.

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The Liverpool striker managed to net four times in 26 appearances in all competitions over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

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