Report: Liverpool line up £17.5m bid for Mario Balotelli

With less than two weeks left of the summer transfer window, Liverpool are set to make a £17.5 million bid for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, according to reports in Italy.

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)

Brendan Rodgers has been on the look out for a new forward all summer with the £8.5 million move for Queen’s Park Rangers’ Loic Remy falling through due to a failed medical.

Speculation around moves for Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao has quietened and now Sportmediaset suggest attentions have turned to Balotelli.

The website claims a €22 million (£17.5 million) bid is set to be offered to Milan by Liverpool, but suggests the Reds will proceed with caution.

Liverpool has no intention of shelling out the entire amount immediately and will look for a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.

The two clubs both feel the deal can be concluded.

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Sportmediaset say the sale of Balotelli will help Milan fund the purchase of Torino forward Alessio Cerci.

Balotelli, 24, would come with Premier League experience, having played for Manchester City between 2010-2013.

He was part of Italy World Cup team in Brazil this summer and scored 14 goals in 25 Serie A appearances last season.

However, only two weeks ago Rodgers ruled out a move for Balotelli, quoted in The Guardian as saying, “I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool.

“He is a wonderful player, but he is an AC Milan player. I just gave my opinion of him, but doesn’t mean I will be signing him.”

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  • J Dizzle

    Bound to be made up.
    Would be an incredible signing though. Him and Sturridge together, wow.

    • CARR71


      • Dragan from Serbia

        Nightmare on Elm street.. Shelvey always reminded me of Freddy Krueger..

  • Gary Devine

    Lucas – Borini out – Song – Balotelli in ? Sounds decent like la

  • Leon Michaels

    Ballotelli to LFC ??????? And you thought having Suarez on team was a problem for England ? I seriously don’t see Ballo playing for Liverpool…

  • robbo82

    just sign on the dotted lines, ian and mario and get it done ;)

  • Dave

    This would be a fantastic signing for us. Mario is a world class striker who believes he is the best. Some would say he is arrogant but I think it is just self belief. Sure, he has had some discipline problems but I think BR and Dr Peters could get the very best out of him and he could achieve his potential with Liverpool.

  • Dilbert Royle

    Talk about selfish liability ! He’s all that’s wrong about modern football, & only produces less than 10% of the time he could. No,no,no, please.

    • youngshyne

      people said the same thing about sturridge

  • Arjan

    Lazy AF but a really talented football. Certainly a risk but one I think we should take. He’s really good for his age.

  • Redblooded Male

    I honestly don’t know if I’m for or against this one?

  • FM da Red

    Take him on loan, he can score goals, he won’t suffer facial abuse in Liverpool, so maybe he will calm down 10% and show up 50%. That still makes him the best option out of what is available.

    Mario is a strong lad, pace, and he can get goals. So defenders will know they up against it. And he gives us a chance to cross balls and we have another threat at set pieces.

    He drops back to create chances and space for his other players.

    So a decent loan option.

    I say loan Falco and Mario. Then we can play 2 upfront in every match.

    Win the league, send Falco to Real and Mario back to Italy, then sign Reus next year!!

    Maybe sign Song permanently after a good season.

  • Akshay

    after saurez controversy saga do we have to deal with Mario saga .. btw we need creative strikers

  • CARR71

    well said gary

  • Dragan from Serbia

    BTW, what a goal by Higuin last night..

  • CARR71

    well for starters i would have signed a player before letting the suarez deal see the light of day
    you would find it easier to attract top players thinking they had suarez in the team

  • youngshyne

    PR , who cares about a f***king image. We want top strikers with champion league experience. We couldn’t even score against a SH**t team last week.

  • Zanatos

    What are you his therapist?

  • AdamFrost

    “I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool.” Seems pretty clear to me.

  • degger

    Get him quickly young audacious quick quality on the ball in 3 year we could be selling himfor 60 70 million he has that class pluss we need him big time if we want a top 4 spot