Report: Liverpool agree £16m deal with AC Milan for Mario Balotelli

Liverpool have reached an agreement “in principle” with AC Milan to sign striker Mario Balotelli, it is being reported in Italy on Thursday.

CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 24-year-old has been the focus of intense speculation over the last 24 hours since Italian media reported Liverpool’s interest on Wednesday morning.

The negotiations between the Liverpool and Milan were later confirmed by English reporters.

Now esteemed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says a deal has been agreed for the sale of Balotelli:

“From Rossoneri to the Reds, Balotelli is close to Anfield.

“An agreement has been reached in principle between the two clubs after talks gathered pace overnight.

“The deal should be an outright transfer, assumed to be around €20 million (£16 million) with no bonus.

“Balotelli start packing, Liverpool awaits!”

17.11.2010, Worthersee-Arena, Klagenfurt, AUT, Freundschaftliches Landerspiel, Italien vs Rumanien, im Bild Barwuah Mario Balotelli, ITA, #10 // during international frindly footballmatch, Italy vs Romania at Worthersee-Arena Klagenfurt on 17/11/2010. EXPA Pictures (C) 2010, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ E. Scheriau

The Italian international striker has scored 30 goals in 54 games for Milan after switching from Manchester City last year for £19 million.

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Liverpool have been on the look out for a new striker this summer following Luis Suarez‘s departure to Barcelona.

Following the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club were still in the market for a striker.

“I do still think we need another striker,” he said.

“It is something that we will look at, but it will depend on the availability of one.

“We will search through to the end of the transfer window.”

The collapse of a move for Queen’s Park Rangers forward Loic Remy forced Rodgers to look elsewhere and if these reports are to be believed, Liverpool look to have found their man in Balotelli.

What will Balotelli bring to Liverpool if he signs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our Liverpool FC Forums.

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  • Anthony C

    To late for City Monday? Fasten your seatbelts… :)

  • Akshay

    perfect signing closure .. buy mario and send borini and keep 2M in reserve ..this guy is back to epl

  • RedStorm

    So Cara71, you won’t celebrate when he scores?

  • gwhizz

    …and had the WC handball…. LS had more baggage than Joan Collins when he came to us…

    Mario is a bit of a nutter off the field and LS a lot of a nutter on it…though I bet he’s more cuddly after this ban.

  • ryanj

    Any chance he will be ready to play against City on Monday?!?!?! Would be epic if he scored against them for us.

    • Akshay

      sources say he still agreed to fees .. it will be awesome if he is in for City match .,. very much needed

    • Gerrard17

      I was thinking the same too. Imagine him coming on in 2nd half and scoring the winning goal!!

  • johnyjames

    Out of the pan into the fire!!!

  • Xkid

    His goals statistics don’t lie. Case Closed. Welcome son, remember now, you no longer the “talented-youngest” of the team. Be a man and lead the fight because here, we will lead with you, YNWA !!!

  • AP1391

    i’m just sitting here and laughing my ass off thinking about fowler. while he was on the world cup coverage show that was aired in India, fowler sounded like he absolutely despised balotelli. called him an “idiot”. wonder what he thinks of the move :P

  • Abyss

    So…picture this. Brendan Rodgers is in the middle of a serious team conversation during training when Mario starts acting the fool.

    BR: “Say steady to me once again, you’ll be on the first plane back!”
    Mario: “Steady!”

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  • youngshyne

    numbers don’t lie , mario is classss

  • azrixdrus

    what an amazing epl dis season,all star players gathering at epl,hopefully d maria soon.

  • Butragenio

    Got to be excited. At 16m this is a no brainer bargain.

  • enigmaticastranga

    All geniuses are flawed to some degree. So long as he delivers on the pitch and doesn’t bite anyone, who cares?!

    I hear LFC has a top psychologist to handle such a player. 24 years of age, powerful, skillful, feeling unloved? Brendan’ll fix it! And if the reports are true, welcome to Liverpool..

    BTW, Liverpool needs such physically imposing players in the world’s most physically competitive league.

    • Dragan from Serbia

      At least he didn’t have 10 match ban and 4 months ban..