Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli is reportedly subject of interest from Inter Milan, with Nerazzurri supremo Roberto Mancini pondering a reunion with the troublesome striker.
The pair have worked together at the San Siro club, as well as Manchester City in the past.
The Italian striker’s time at Anfield hasn’t been anywhere near as productive as the Reds had hoped and Brendan Rodgers is apparently looking to move him on if a willing suitor can be sourced.
In Inter, not only do they have an interested party, they can use Balotelli as a makeweight to lure a Serie A star to Merseyside.
Colombian Fredy Guarin has long been linked with a Premier League switch and it’s thought that Rodgers wants to sign the playmaker on loan, a deal that would be hugely beneficial in their bid to cure ailments in the final third.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems haven’t helped matters, but the Reds have been distinctly average going forward this season; a shadow of the force they were last term.
A lack of creativity in midfield is one of their problems, but Guarin has demonstrated in his handful of Serie A starts this term that he has the conjuring prowess to scythe open rival defences.
In five outings from the off for Mancini’s men, he has supplemented three assists with two goals.
Raheem Sterling, with four set-ups, is the only Liverpool player to have created more this term, but he has required 14 starts to do so.
His 2.8 key passes per outing average bests that of Sterling’s 2.4 – the best average in the Anfielders camp – too.
Not only will the Colombian improve the Reds’ creative capabilities, his powers when running with the ball will add an extra dimension to their arsenal.
Averaging 2.4 dribbles per outing, only Sterling carries the orb more frequently, but his berth on the wing tends to mean the threat he poses is limited down one side.
Guarin, a central player, would complement the England winger’s danger down the flanks with charges through the middle, much like how Yaya Toure does so effectively for Man City.
These two elements would undoubtedly enable Liverpool to ask opposition defences more difficult questions than those they currently are and, if in order to obtain the tools that Guarin posses means sacrificing Balotelli, then they would be foolish not to do it.