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Mario Balotelli 'on verge of Liverpool transfer': Striker tells Italian media 'This is my last day at Milan'

By Simon Rice

Liverpool are understood to be on the verge of completing a deal for Mario Balotelli.

Amid widespread reports that the Reds are in talks with AC Milan over the striker's transfer, Sky Italia have quoted the Italy international as saying: "This is my last day at Milan".

Only yesterday, the Serie A club denied reports that the Anfield club had lodged a bid for the Italy international.

However, the situation has changed quickly. As Brendan Rodgers looks to boost his attacking options following the departure of Luis Suarez, the Merseyside club are understood to be offering £17.5m for the striker.

It's also claimed that Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola is already in England to discuss personal terms.

Yesterday, AC Milan club administrator Adriano Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli. Hence, there is no negotiation."

The striker has been linked with a move away from the San Siro all summer, with Arsenal in particular regularly mooted as a possible destination. Whilst AC Mian denied receiving a bid from Liverpool, the possibility of a deal was not completely discounted by Galliani.

"We will see as the transfer market ends on September 1," he said.

Balotelli spent three seasons at Manchester City before returning to Italy, helping to deliver the FA Cup and Premier League title in a spell that saw him score 30 goals in 80 appearances.

Whilst the 24-year-old harbours undeniable talents, they have often been overshadowed by his on and off pitch antics.

Balotelli has emerged as a target for Liverpool amid frustrations in their pursuit other options. Radamel Falcao, Samuel Eto'o and Edinson Cavani have also been linked with a switch to Anfield.

Liverpool play Manchester City on Monday.

Further reading:

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Liverpool boss Rodgers sounds title warning to van Gaal: 'Manchester United manager will struggle to win title'

Liverpool rule out Mario Balotelli swoop but Rodgers has eye on more fresh faces

Vargas' agent 'in London for talks' 

Wenger open to midfield move 

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Scholes: I'm scared for United 

Manchester United deny offers for German duo Thomas Muller and Marco Reus 

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