Liverpool Considers Move For Mario Balotelli On Loan or Permanent Deal, Says Report

Fresh rumors of Liverpool’s interest in signing Mario Balotelli heightened tonight after credible reports emerged from the UK and Italy.

Ever since the departure of Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s transfer dealings have been numerous and varied. Early dealings in the window saw former Southampton stars Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren head to Merseyside for fees totaling around £50million. However, Brendan Rodgers has specified that he is still looking to fill key roles in the squad.

After a deal for QPR striker Loic Remy fell through during Liverpool’s North American tour, it was rumored that Rodgers would be looking to orchestrate the capture of yet another forward. On Wednesday evening, reporter Tony Barrett of The Times reported news of Liverpool’s interest in Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker, who last featured in the Premier League in 2013 for Manchester City (scoring 30 goals in 80 appearances), has since been plying his trade in Italy for AC Milan.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has apparently been pushing for Liverpool to purchase the headline-grabbing Italian, but it is rumored that Liverpool only want to bring him to Merseyside on loan. Despite being under contract until 2017, it is believed that Liverpool can sign the striker for £28m.

Balotelli, who is only 24, has often been described as a liability, but his talent and quality in front of goal is without question. While with the Rossoneri, Super Mario has tallied 30 goals in 56 appearances. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has told the media that, at this time, Liverpool have yet to submit a bid.


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