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Mario Balotelli completes £16million move from AC Milan to Liverpool

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 7:14pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Brendan Rodgers is keen to add another striker to his squad and appears to have turned to AC Milan frontman Mario Balotelli after growing frustrated in his pursuit of Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. Rodgers had previously appeared reticent about Balotelli's attitude and character, and stated a couple of weeks ago that the former Manchester City player was not one of his targets this summer. But, the Premier League side and AC Milan have come to a £16million agreement for Balotelli.

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Balotelli's three seasons at City were blighted by trouble, on and off the field, although he did manage 30 goals for the club in all competitions. Although there had been talk of a season-long loan, Milan would prefer a permanent deal for Balotelli. Balotelli had also told Milan that it would be his last day in training on Wednesday. 

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Although, former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher thinks that Balotelli wouldn't be a proper choice for the Reds. He was stated saying, "They definitely need a striker, there’s no doubt about that. Would he be the final piece of the jigsaw? Would he make the starting XI if everyone was fit and firing? Who knows? At the moment Daniel Sturridge has got 36 goals in 50 games for Liverpool and at this moment he is the main man up front. Would Brendan then accommodate another striker, whoever that may be, like he did with Luis Suarez? He has lots of options now, Brendan Rodgers, and I don’t think he will play the same team too often so they do need those options with.”

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Liverpool, who will compete in the UEFA Champions League this season need depth in their squad, said former Arsenal player and football pundit Paul Merson. 




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