Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli this summer, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims that the both the Reds and Gunners are interested in offering the mercurial forward a shock return to England in the transfer window.

Balotelli spent two-and-a-half seasons with Manchester City, winning one Premier League title under Roberto Mancini before returning to Serie 'A' with a move to AC Milan.

However, the paper reports that the attacker has grown frustrated with constant racial abuse in Italy, and is open to a move back to England.

Liverpool are being mooted as a possible option for the 23-year-old, with a switch to Anfield potentially dependent on the future of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan was in top form for the Merseyside outfit last term, but continues to be linked with an exit from the Reds, with clubs in Spain showing an interest.

And, if he were to be lured away from Liverpool, then manager Brendan Rodgers would consider Balotelli as a replacement post-World Cup.

Arsenal is another possible destination, despite being in talks to bring Karim Benzema to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

However, the report claims the Gunners will talk to Balotelli's 'people', as they consider all options ahead of the new season.

His arrival at Arsenal would be a major coup for manager Arsene Wenger, although the striker's temperament must be a possible concern for the French manager.

Previous reports have claimed that Balotelli will cost up to £25million.

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