Liverpool open talks over Mario Balotelli €30m transfer

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Liverpool have opened talks with AC Milan over a possible deal for striker Mario Balotelli, according to reports in Italy. 

The Rossoneri have instructed his agent Mino Raiola to find buyer for the controversial striker and have slapped a €30 million price tag on him, according to Corrierre dello Sport.

Return home

Balotelli left Manchester City to return home to Italy in 2012, and while his scoring record at the San Siro has been respectable and he's largely kept himself out of trouble, it seems that AC Milan have decided to move him on and reinvest that cash back into their squad elsewhere.

The 23-year-old had an indifferent World Cup as Italy were knocked out at the group stages, but is still considered to be one of the most talented young strikers in Europe.

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Arsenal interest

It was previously reported that Arsenal had identified Balotelli as the man to solve their striker crisis - although whether they retain an interest in him remains unclear. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously insisted that he's not looking to sign the forward, however it has been reported this week that the Gunners could be back in for him after being frightened off by the valuation placed on Mario Mandzukic by Bayern Munich.

Alongside both Liverpool and Arsenal, Ligue 1 giants Monaco are also looking at a potential swoop for Balotelli, with Radamel Falcao on his way to Real Madrid.

Suarez sale

Of course the most likely reason that Liverpool are looking at Balotelli is because they are gearing up to sell Luis Suarez. The controversial Uruguayan seems likely to join Barcelona this summer, with reports suggesting that negotiations over a deal, which could be worth as much as £80 million, got underway yesterday.

Suarez, who tried to force an exit from Liverpool last year, has issued an apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - which it is claimed Barcelona insisted upon before considering making a bid.

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