Mario Balotelli hosts emotional goodbye dinner as move to Palermo gets closer

LIVERPOOL flop Mario Balotelli appears to have finally waved goodbye to Merseyside with a slap-up dinner – and a slap on the wrists –  ahead of a proposed move away from the club.

The Italian striker hired a private room at plush Manchester restaurant San Carlo on Sunday night, with a handful of buddies taking photos afterwards and saying long and lingering goodbyes, but it ended on a bum note with a yellow card for a parking fine.

Jurgen Klopp has no interest in the former Manchester City man and is desperate to get him out of the club.

Italian minnows Pescara, Sassuolo and Chievo have all made inquiries about the ex-Inter Milan man but baulked at his wage demands.

Swiss side Sion had a look but also backed off while French club Nice opened negotiations but failed to land their man.


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Mario Balotelli has failed to impress Jurgen Klopp of his quality and will be flogged againCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Mario Balotelli landed a parking ticket on his return to ManchesterCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Mario Balotelli will have to dig into his £90,000 a-week wages to pay the fineCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

English clubs from Crystal Palace to Wolves have been credited with an interest in the free-spirited frontman but nothing has happened yet.

However, the £90,000 a-week man looks to have finally sorted out his next move and signed off with some fine dining.

Palermo’s sporting director Daniele Faggiano said: “We think that Palermo could be just the right place for him to relaunch his career.

“We would welcome him like a great champion, who with the talent he has got could get back into the national team.

“The only obstacle is his salary, but his desire could shift the balance in Palermo’s favour. We’re waiting for his decision.”

Despite the tasty treat, the night ended on a sour note with the nomadic Italy international landing a parking ticket on his silver motor.

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