Italian striker Mario Balotelli set to join Liverpool
At this point is there anything that Italian striker Mario Balotelli could do that would truly be a surprise?
The controversial 24-year-old has had incidents involving everything from fireworks, to physical confrontations with former manager at Manchester City Roberto Mancini to “Why always me?”
He also isn’t new to alienating fans of his club team, with time spent at both Inter and AC Milan in Italy around a stint with City.
Now, following his second spell in Milan, it looks like Super Mario is set to return to the English Premier League, with one of City’s title rivals. According to reports, Liverpool is close to securing a 16 million pound deal with Milan for the mercurial striker.
Liverpool has been looking to find a replacement for the goals lost when Luis Suarez departed Anfield for Barcelona earlier in the summer. Although Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling still around, along with a number of new signings, Balotelli will be a player who can help fill the void up top.
“I do still think we need another striker,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said according to BBC Sport following the side’s victory against Southampton last Sunday. “It is something that we will look at , but it will depend on the availability of one. We will search through the end of the transfer window.”
Balotelli was quoted by Sky Italia as saying “Today is my last day at Milan,” implying the a deal had already been completed.
Before joining Milan in January 2013, Balotelli spent three seasons with City in the Premier League. During his time with the English Champions, he scored 20 goals, also setting up Sergio Aguero’s title winning strike in 2012 against QPR.
Liverpool’s next match will be against City on Monday, and although it might be a little too early for Balotelli to play it would add another story line to the already intriguing matchup between the league’s top two teams from last season.