Liverpool Close In On £17m Mario Balotelli Deal, Personal Terms Being Discussed as Brendan Rodgers Seeks to Sign AC Milan Striker

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Anfield side look to bring in Italian as Luis Suarez replacement.

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Liverpool may be moving a step closer to bringing in a much needed striker signing with Italian source CalcioMercato claiming that AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli wants to move to Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit are to offer €22m (£17m) for the 23 year old which is just short of AC Milan’s €25m (£19.9m) asking price.

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Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has reportedly been working on the deal for some time and San Siro boss Filippo Inzaghi has already set his sights on Torino’s Alessio Cerci as a replacement for the former Man City man.

AC Milan’s board are keen to see the deal completed and Balotelli will look to secure a four year contract, with the Liverpool target demanding £4.7m a year, which works out at a seemingly moderate £92k a week deal.

Mario Balotelli has proven a healthy finisher since moving back to his native Italy, netting 26 goals in 43 Serie A appearances over the past 18 months, but a move away this summer appears a distinct possibility.

Liverpool have brought in Southampton’s Rickie Lambert to beef up their attack but the England veteran hardly represents a viable replacement for Suarez, who finished last term as the Premier League’s top-scorer by a country mile.

Balotelli could well an ideal player to help fill the void and could be an excellent partner for Daniel Sturridge in Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool attack.

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