Liverpool have agreed a £16 million fee with AC Milan for Mario Balotelli, according to the Daily Mail. Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola is in England according to respected Italian journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio. AC Milan have also confirmed negotiations are taking place on their official website.
There had been speculation just yesterday that the Reds had tabled a £17.6m bid for the former Manchester City striker. However Milan CEO Adriano Galliani rebuffed any claims of a bid yesterday but hey are clearly open to the idea of letting Balotelli leave and a £16 million fee has been agreed.
“At the moment no offer has arrived from Liverpool for Balotelli so there are no negotiations.
“The window closes on September 1 so we’ll see.
With Galliani saying “we’ll see”, its seems that Milan are open to the possibility of losing the Italian international. Liverpool are believed to have already talked to the players’ representatives and Brendan Rodgers is clearly a fan of the striker praising Balotelli earlier in the summer.
“Balotelli is a big talent. I saw that in this time at Inter Milan as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there. He’s got all the qualities. He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals. He went back to Italy to play and he’s still so young. If his focus is right, his concentration is right and he leads the lifestyle of a top player then he can play for any team in the world.”
Liverpool have been after a striker all summer and after a move for Loic Remy fell through and interest in Wilifried Bony cooling due to the inflated price tag on the Ivorian international. Liverpool will now hope that they can get their man and Balotelii could be playing Premier League football this season.
Balotelli is well known in England partly due to his off the pitch antics and Liverpool could be wary of signing the striker who has been a controversial figure in the last number of years.
However the Italian International is now 24-years-old and Liverpool will hope that there is a greater maturity in the Italian on and off the pitch.
Liverpool are reportedly keen on a loan deal for the former Manchester City striker but Milan are likely to want a transfer fee for the striker and a permanent deal seems the most likely resolution.
Liverpool have looked for a striker all summer and it seems that a move for Mario Balotelli is gathering pace. Balotelli could be on his way back to the Premier League as a Liverpool player.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.