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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Suffer Pedro Setback, New Mario Balotelli Rumours

Published by Bleacher Report on Wed, 15 Jul 2015


Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona winger Pedro during the summer transfer window, with Liverpool reportedly also interested in his services. The Spain international has already confirmed the rumours that there are several offers for his services, and given his lowered release clause, an exit appears imminent.As reported by the Daily Star's Jack Watts, bookies have given the Blues by far the best odds to sign Pedro, who commented on the speculation surrounding his future:Its true that both parties decided to reduce my release clause, and its true that there are offers. Im in a difficult situation at Barcelona, but I dont want to jump the gun. I just want to start working with my team-mates again.Im not thinking about the future. For now, I want to rest and be quiet before starting pre-season with my teammates on Wednesday. Well then see what happens.I havent spoken to [Jose] Mourinho, but I dont want to say anything else because it would be disrespectful to my club, Barcelona.Liverpool have a need for a class winger to help boost the attack in the wake of Raheem Sterling's departure, as the England international completed his move to Manchester City on Tuesday. The Citizens shared the moment he put pen to paper on his new contract:Pedro recently signed a new deal with the Catalans after months of transfer speculation, and most assumed it meant the Blaugrana youth product would stay with his current club in 2015. But the new contract came with a heavily-reduced release clause, and in fact made it easier for interested teams to approach the player.The 27-year-old has been a big part of Barcelona's success in the past few years. But since the arrival of Luis Suarez, he's dropped well down the pecking order. Emerging stars Adama Traore and Munir El Haddadi will also be gunning for minutes in the near future, all but pushing Pedro out of the door.The versatile forward is still very much in his prime and appears to be one of the few world-class forwards who will be readily available during the summer. He's an instant-impact player, so the top Premier League clubs will be lining up to make their pitch and get the Spaniard to sign on the dotted line.As Premier League champions and the strongest squad in England, Chelsea can virtually guarantee Pedro success, but Liverpool's pitch isn't too shabby. The club has already made several positive signings during the summer, and manager Brendan Rodgers could put together an appealing wage packet with the money the club received in the deal for Sterling.Of course, there's always the chance Pedro decides to stay. But looking at the situation, it seems unlikely. If he does end up moving, the smart money is on Stamford Bridge.Fiorentina Fans Don't Want Mario BalotelliRumours of a potential swap deal involving Fiorentina's Mario Gomez and Mario Balotelli may have sounded appealing to Liverpool fans, but their Italian colleagues didn't take kindly to the stories.As reported by Metro's Paul Gorst, fans of La Viola made their feelings very clean, hanging a banner outside the stadium that read: You are a man without honour. Balotelli, Florence does not want you'Sport Witness shared an image of the banner:The Italian's first season at Anfielddidn't play out how everyone had hoped it would, and a summer transfer has seemed like a possibility for some time now.To his credit, Balotelli appears determined to do better in 2015-16, even cutting short the compassionate leave he was given to attend his adopted father's funeral so he could be back in training in time, per Fox Sports' Mario Melchiot.Liverpool may choose to just cut their losses and move on, and Super Mario's former coach Vincenzo Esposito thinks a move back to Italy may be just what the striker needs, as he told Firenzeviola.it (h/t Football Italia):Id be happy for him, because Fiorentina would be another chance that he deserves.I trained him for many years in the youth academy at Inter and can guarantee that to show all of his quality he just needs a new project, something where he can feel at the centre of it.Florence has already shown its a great place for players to revive their careers. Its an intriguing idea, I must admit. Itd be good for Mario and Fiorentina.La Viola recently sacked manager Vincenzo Montella, who guided the team back to relevance in Serie A, and plenty of turnover is expected during the summer. The one thing the club can't do at this particular time is alienate the fan base, as tensions are already high in Florence.Balotelli remains a divisive figure, both in England and Italy, and his popularity is at an all-time low. For all of his potential, he will really need to land in the perfect situation to rebuild his career, and judging by the fans' reactions, Fiorentina won't be that team.Follow @ReverschPassRead more World Football news on BleacherReport.com
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