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Liverpool Looking To Bag Superstar Striker

Liverpool fans were in rapture last season; the glory days were back, their attack was terrorising defences across the country, they were in a scintillating title race and bitter rivals Manchester United were in disarray, languishing well outside the top 4.

The departure of Luis Suarez has cast a shadow on this intoxicating mix and while there have been good summer signings, the X factor that the Uruguayan brought to the party has not been replaced.

Boss Brendan Rodgers has been reportedly interested in a number of strikers but as usual with these rumours it is difficult to tell fact from fiction, the latest names been bandied about are Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao and Italian enfant terible Mario Balotelli.

The Mirror has reported that Radamel Falcao may be lining out for Liverpool next season with a £12 million fee needed to land the Colombian in a 1 year loan deal. The Monaco club man could be the sort of player that would set pulses racing again in the Kop, a genuine A list striker who could lead the attack. The deal to bring him in however won’t come cheap with a stupendous £225,000 -a-week  salary required in addition to the loan fee.

Brendan Rodgers will want a a clause in the deal giving Liverpool the option of buying the player outright for £40 million at the end of the loan period, a reduction of the astronomical pay check could be negotiated in the potential new contract.

Reports in recent days have suggested that a deal to bring Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli to Anfield was imminent, with a £22 million offer on the table. However The Star reports that the deal is now unlikely to go through due to AC Milan’s reservations at Rodgers’ insistence on a probation style clause in the contract.

Worried about the Italian’s notorious off field antics the Reds Boss was looking for a clause giving Liverpool the option of sending Balotelli back to Italy in the event of another controversy. Understandably the Serie A club are less than delighted at the prospect of having to act as a guarantor for the slightly unhinged striker but have not ruled a deal happening.

“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.”

It’s set to be an interesting couple of weeks for the Liverpool faithful, stress levels will soar on Merseyside as Rodgers chases a striker to bring the buzz back to the terraces.

Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.


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Author: The PA Team

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