Palermo will give out-of-favor Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli 24 hours to decide if he wants to join the Serie A club, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, the move is in doubt with Palermo only able to offer the player – who spent last season on loan at AC Milan – a deal worth €700,000 a season, while Balo currently earns €5.8m a campaign at Anfield.
The likes of Everton, Crystal Palace and West Brom are also all understood to be interested in signing the forward, say the Italian sports daily.
Balotelli is out of favour on Merseyside and almost certain to leave before the transfer window closes next week. He has been linked with several clubs in Italy, including Crotone and Sassuolo, but Palermo have emerged as strong candidates to bring the Italian back to his birth city.
“It’s a very fascinating proposition,” Micchiche told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s a very difficult operation, but we’re trying. It would be a great coup for president [Maurizio] Zamparini, a gift for all of the fans.
“We’ve made an offer and now the ball is in Liverpool and the player’s court. His salary is high and he has a pool of sponsors, so it’s not an easy solution, but Palermo could be just the right place for him.