Liverpool in talks with AC Milan over Mario Balotelli

Thursday 21st August , 2014 10:05 am

Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants the Italy international, 24, to strengthen his attack after last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez joined Barcelona.

Balotelli moved to Milan for £19m from City last year and has scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club.

Liverpool travel to Etihad Stadium in their next Premier League match on Monday.

Balotelli was a big hit with the supporters during his first spell in England at City and helped the club win a first league title since 1968.

But he was also in the headlines for several off-the-pitch incidents – including a training ground bust-up with then-manager Roberto Mancini – and in a second troubled season he scored only three goals in 20 games.

The striker agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Milan in January 2013 and played for Italy at the World Cup in Brazil.

He was heavily linked with Arsenal earlier in the summer, but after bringing in Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for £35m, Arsene Wenger ruled out signing another forward.

Liverpool have so far brought in only one frontman for the new campaign, signing Rickie Lambert from Southampton for £4m.

The Reds paid £10m for Lille’s Belgium striker Divock Origi, 19, but have loaned him back to the French club for the season.

With doubts surrounding the future of Fabio Borini, who remains a target for Sunderland, Rodgers is keen to add to his forward line.

“I do still think we need another striker,” he said after Liverpool began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

“It is something that we will look at, but it will depend on the availability of one.

“We will search through to the end of the transfer window.”

AC Milan endured a difficult campaign last season, finishing eighth in Serie A and failing to qualify for Europe.

Balotelli would be guaranteed Champions League football at Liverpool, who finished runners-up to City in the Premier League last term.

Source: BBC Sport