Reports in the English media today are linking Liverpool Football Club with AC Milan striker, Mario Balotelli. Balotelli, formerly of Manchester City, is estimated to cost Liverpool £17.5, an inexpensive tag for such a high profile. Liverpool have 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 Liverpool, who finished second in the Barclays Premier League last season, are desperate to find a new source of goals, following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Milan, who are not flush with cash like before, are said to be willing to trade Balotelli and use the proceed to fund the purchase of Torino forward, Alessio Cerci.
Balotelli, 24, comes with Premier League experience, having played for Manchester City between 2010-2013. He also comes in with enough baggage to fill an aircraft hangar. While he appears to be a guaranteed source of goals, bagging 14 goals in 25 Serie A appearances last season, he hasn’t endeared himself with his penchant for controversy. Just two weeks ago, Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, ruled out signing Balotelli. “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.”
Signing Balotelli will mean replacing controversy with controversy. Suarez, a wonderful talent, scored goals but kept attracting negative headlines for the club, the last of which was the biting incident at the World Cup, which preceded his move to Barcelona. Balotelli is cut from similar cloth. While he may not bite opponents, he has a temper that quickly burns within inches of explosion when things are not going his way