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Done Deals: Two Leave Liverpool With One More Set To Follow

It’s official – Mario Balotelli is no longer a Liverpool player.

The 26-year-old is France’s problem now as he has completed a permanent move from Anfield to Ligue 1 OGC Nice, as confirmed by Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce.

Liverpool and Balotelli have been working all summer to try and find a new club for the troubled striker, after manager Jurgen Klopp had told him personally that he would not be a part of the first team squad in any shape or form this season.

That said, finding a club for him has been next to impossible due to his massive wages. Balotelli was on a reported £90,000 per week salary at Liverpool, and although a number of Serie A clubs were interested in signing the former Milan forward, none of them could come close to offering him similar terms.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Mario Balotelli of Liverpool shows his frustration during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on October 25, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In the last couple of days it appeared to come down to a straight battle between Nice and Serie A side Palermo, but the French side won out in the end.

However, the talks involving the parties were lengthy. Despite travelling to the south of France yesterday, there was no agreement in place until today.

Nice have since confirmed that the deal has been finalised.

Balotelli follows defender Andre Wisdom out the Anfield exit door, with the 23-year-old moving to Austria on a season-long loan deal with Red Bull Salzburg.

It is Wisdom’s fourth loan spell in as many years, and at this point it is fair to assume that his prospects of having a long-term future at Anfield look fairly bleak.

Neither has confirmed if this loan deal contains any agreement to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season.

One deal not yet over the line, but looks increasingly likely to do, is the loan move of winger Lazar Markovic to Sporting Lisbon, also according to the Liverpool Echo. The Serbian international had initially rejected the chance to move back to Portugal, hoping instead to stay in the Premier League, but has since changed his mind.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Lazar Markovic of Liverpool strikes a volley onto the crossbar during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 10, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The former Benfica forward, a £20m signing in 2014, has not been included by Jurgen Klopp in any matchday squad so far, and faced a significant spell in the reserves had he chosen to stay at Anfield.

The deal does not have the option of making the transfer permanent – as Markovic still harbours hope that he can yet make it at Liverpool – but for all intents and purposes it now looks as though he will be a Sporting Lisbon player (temporarily at least) when he returns from international duty.

As for Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori, both of whom are free to leave, the clock is ticking…

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