Mario Balotelli could be about to make a shock return to the Premier League with Liverpool football club, according to SportMediaset in Italy.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be in the market for a new striker after the proposed £8.5million deal to sign Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy collapsed due to a failed medical. He has publicly spoke of his admiration for the controversial Italian star and is said to be interested in a cut price agreement of around £16 million-£18million.
"Balotelli is a big talent, I saw that in this time at Inter Milan as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there. He's got all the qualities. He's 6ft 3ins, he's quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals," the Northern Irishman said.
While there has been no official offer, it is claimed that the Rossoneri are keen to cash in on their prized asset so to free up much needed funds in the transfer market.
SportsMediaset claim that the main target for Milan is PSG's Lavezzi. However, this deal looks unlikely due to Lavezzi's price tag. The signing of Torino's Alessio Cerci looks a more feasible option for the Italian giants.
A good signing?
Despite a poor showing in the World Cup, Balotelli remains one of the most feared strikers on the planet. In 43 league games for Milan, Balotelli has managed an impressive 26 goals. What's more, at only 23-years-old, he has many years of top flight football ahead of him.
Whether Rodgers can tame the striker remains the question. After all, at times, Balotelli has proved himself more infamous off the field than on it.
Yet, as Rodgers proved with this handling of Luis Suarez, he is the master of man management.