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Balotelli flies to Liverpool for medical, but won’t play against Man City

Aug 22, 2014, 8:16 AM EDT

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Liverpool and AC Milan failed to complete their move of Mario Balotelli to Anfield in time for the Italian striker to feature against his former team, Manchester City, on Monday.

According to The Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside club was still trying to sort out Balotelli’s commitment and discipline, but now the striker and his agent have agreed to behavioral clauses in his contract.

The transfer fee has reportedly been agreed at $26 million, but the hold up has pushed the clubs past the Noon Friday deadline for Balotelli to be included in the squad for Monday’s match.

From the Liverpool Echo:

After further discussions with his agent Mino Raiola this morning the Reds received the reassurances they wanted about the striker’s willingness to agree to behavioural clauses in his contract.

As a result arrangements have now been made for Balotelli to travel to the North West. He will meet Brendan Rodgers face to face and begin his medical.

Personal terms are already in place with Balotelli having agreed a deal worth around £110,000 per week.

And when you’re reportedly about to spend almost $200,000 a week in wages, perhaps even a big match day won’t make you rush to sign a man who has done plenty of ‘controversial’ things, like:

Pointing a gun at his “haters”… on Instagram.

– Smoking a cigarette, in a bathroom, on a pre-match trip to Fiorentina.

– Making “intimidating and insulting” remarks to a referee that earned a three-match ban.

Throwing down his mic after a contentious post-match press conference.

– Getting in a ‘dust-up’ with his manager on the training ground.

So, yeah, the behavioral clause was a good idea.

  1. thedeadlockvictim - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Get rid of one habitual troublemaker, bring on another. Circle of Life.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      A former coaching mentor of mine used to comment on players like this. The mentality that makes them such a pain in the arse is the reason that makes them so good.

      • scoochpooch - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Don’t agree with that.
        Balotelli can be made into mediocre very quickly either by his own doing or the defenses’.
        I hate Suarez but at least he can create, MarBa is just a man-beast (in soccer terms) that is productive from only 6 yards and in.

    • montreal8188 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Why on earth does Liverpool want another head case. You would they would have learned their lesson.

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Notably not included in your list is Jeffery Dahmer impersonations during a game.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      fair point.

  3. rafibomb10 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Forgot to include shooting fireworks out of his bathroom window. I believe that resulted in buring down his home. Or something to that nature.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Didn’t have the hours it would take to detail all Balo’s “accomplishments.”

  4. lyleoross - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I see this as mostly a comment on Liverpool. When you’re so desperate to return to full time Champions play that you’ll tolerate any player, maybe you’re a little too desperate. On the other hand, Rogers seems to have a greater ability to handle out of the norm players than most.

    • scoochpooch - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Check out the Red Sox players they currently or have previous employed, that should explain everything – Ortiz, Varitek, Lackey, Buchholz, WM Pena, the list goes on and on.

    • thfc54 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      We will see, Balotelli is a completely different animal than Suarez.

      • lyleoross - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Yes, one displays his childish behavior by biting, the other by acting out in every other way that a two year old does.

  5. awad2251 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    This is all a matter of risk vs reward. What is the potential reward? If kept under control, a world-class striker. The risk? A transfer free that, in the grand scheme, is minuscule. In my mind, this isn’t desperation. This is sounds business.

  6. scoochpooch - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I’m pretty excited for Balotelli’s switch to Liverpool for FIFA 15 purposes. Whenever my teams played Liverpool my sole goal was too injure Suarez and knock him out of the game. I was worried that playing Liverpool was just going to be another game, but now I have my replacement target – Balotelli. Thanks much.

  7. montreal8188 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Opposing players are going to pull out every trick in book to antagonize him into an endless stream of yellow and red!

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