Liverpool have started negotiations with Italian giants AC Milan over a permanent move for Italy international striker Mario Balotelli.
Last night it appeared that manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to sign the former Manchester City star on loan. However, Milan are said to prefer a permanent move to cash-in on any transfer. Now Liverpool have begun talks to make this happen before the transfer deadline.
The 24-year-old was reportedly a target for Arsenal before the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. Now the man who feels like he is always unfairly targeted is being seen as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who joined the Catalan giants this summer. Balotelli’s apparent availability has re-sparked the interest of the Gunners, with Chelsea apparently also interested as they seek a long term replacement for the returning messiah, Didier Drogba.
Liverpool hope to cut a deal at around £18 million but AC Milan want more for the man that has scored an impressive 30 goals in 54 appearances.
Balotelli has a history of disciplinary problems, a fall-out with then Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sparking the move the Italy. But Mario has since claimed to have ‘grown up’ and has been comparatively quiet in his time at the Serie A giants. This, coupled with his undoubtable talent, make him an altogether more desirable signing.