Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre will now meet Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola to discuss personal terms. Reports also suggest that Raiola is already in Liverpool to discuss personal terms, but the Reds want certain behaviour clauses to make sure Mario Balotelli doesn’t steps out of line.
Earlier Liverpool approached AC Milan to sign the striker on a temporary basis, but the Serie A giants wanted to sell the former Manchester City striker permanently. Before Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against AC Milan, Brendan Rodgers talked about Mario Balotelli and praised the Italian international.
Rodgers said: “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.”
Rodgers also “categorically” ruled out Balotelli’s move to Anfield before making a U-turn this week.
Rodgers :“I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool. In my last press conference I was asked a question about Mario Balotelli and I talked about what a talent he was and what an excellent player he was. And the next day it was wrote as if we were signing him. I just gave my perception of him as a player. It shouldn’t be transmitted in to us signing the player.”
Liverpool are taking a gamble, but at £16million its a risk worth taking. It can prove to be a massive bargain if Brendan Rodgers can help Balotelli to sort his on field behaviour. Just like current Liverpool star striker Daniel Sturridge this might be Mario Balotelli’s last chance to prove himself at a big club. Balotelli has already said goodbye to his San Siro team-mates and backroom staff.
Mario Balotelli: “Today is my last day at Milan. I am going to Liverpool.”