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Liverpool and AC Milan in talks over deal for Mario Balotelli

Aug 20, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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The Times journalist Tony Barrett is reporting that Liverpool and AC Milan are in talks over a deal that would send Mario Balotelli to Anfield.

Earlier this morning numerous media outlets were reporting that Liverpool had made a $29 million bid to Milan for Balotelli.

Those reports were quickly rubbished by the Serie A side with vice-president Adriano Galliani telling media:

“At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli. Therefore, there is no negotiation. We will see as the transfer market ends on 1 September.”

Now, however, Barrett is claiming over Twitter that “[t]he situation with Liverpool & Balotelli has moved on in the last 12 hours,” although talks are still at an early stage. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sport has added fuel to the flame by reporting that despite Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ desire to secure a loan with an option to buy, Milan are seeking a permanent cash deal for Balotelli.

The striker last played in the Premier League for Manchester City before being sold to Milan in January 2013 for $28 million. During the Italian’s three seasons in England he scored 30 goals in 80 appearances before moving on to the Rossoneri and scoring 30 goals in 56 matches.

The 24-year-old is under contract until June 2017 and has widely been linked a move away from San Siro this summer. Below are the relevant tweets from Barrett and Romano:

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Not sure how I feel about this. He is a talent no doubt. It is his attitude that hurts him. A lot of the buzz about Rodgers’ first two seasons has been about his man management. Maybe he has what it takes to keep Balotelli on the path. Maybe he doesn’t. I would definitely take Balotelli over not signing another striker. Besides, who better to fill the role of the Prem ‘ s madman now the Suarez is gone.

    • mdac1012 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I pretty much feel the same way, but the only thing is Suarez’s effort and relationship with his teammates has never been a problem. While Balotelli will openly sulk and stop trying if the match isn’t going his way. A huge talent indeed, but BR is going to have his hands full everyday with him.

  2. gpry - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I’m concerned about any possible negative influence on the youngsters like sterling

    • Ian's Rushtache - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      I don’t. Between the Boss and Stevie G, everyone knows what’s expected. The Boss sent Suarez to train with the reserves, no doubt he’d do the same to Sulky Mario.

  3. jolink653 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Imagine how dominant Balotelli could be if only he changed his attitude. I really like him and I hope that he eventually straightens himself out and maximizes his talent. I think he’d be a solid addition to replace Suarez. Liverpool could do a lot worse

  4. wwsiralexd - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Being a neutral fan, watching Liverpool is going to be fun.

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