Reds bid for Balotelli hits snag.
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Liverpool look to have pulled out of a deal to sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli on loan, with the Italian giants rejecting a ‘good behaviour’ clause as part of the deal, according to the Daily Star.
The Reds have been in the market for a top-class signing upfront to help replace Luis Suarez after his £75m move to Barcelona earlier this summer, and Balotelli had been identified by Brendan Rodgers as a realistic target in that position.
However, Liverpool were keen only to take the controversial Italian forward on a season-long loan, with the option to send him back to the San Siro if he failed to keep his discipline during his time in England.
The 24-year-old has been known throughout his career for his behavioural problems and off-the-pitch controversies, and this had led Liverpool to approach any deal for him with caution, though Milan are keen to be rid of the player themselves for similar reasons.
Arsenal were linked with Balotelli earlier this summer after learning that Milan could be ready to let him leave on a cut-price deal, but it seems no one has been fully willing to take a gamble on him so far.