Liverpool officials jet to China to open dialogue over shock summer transfer
The Italy striker is on loan at AC Milan but they are unlikely to make the move permanent in the summer.
And Liverpool are desperate to find a buyer for the misfit.
The Chinese market has exploded since the turn of the year with staggering sums being spent on the likes of Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez.
And now Liverpool are exploring the possibility of moving Balotelli on.
He joined the club from Milan for £16million in 2014.
He scored just once in the Premier League before being farmed back to Milan on loan.
However the market in China has made them hopeful of seeing a return on their investment having previously accepted making a loss on the 25-year-old.
The Times report that Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s chief commercial officer, led a team to China this week in an attempt to tap into the emerging market.
The main reason for the trip was to try and secure a naming-rights deal for the new main stand.
But Balotelli's future was also on the agenda.