Mario Balotelli says goodbye to AC Milan players

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, has told Sky Sports Italia that today will be his last day at the club, ahead of a £16million switch to Premier League side, Liverpool.

The controversial Italian figure has been linked with a move away from the San Siro all Summer, and despite the club president confirming that he will stay for the new season, it now seems that he is on his way to Liverpool, with his agent already in England holding talks with officials from the Merseyside club.

Nearly a Gunner

The 23-year-old, formerly of Manchester City, was set to join Arsenal before the World Cup in Brazil after a £28million fee was agreed between the two clubs.

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However, after a dismal showing for his country, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, pulled the plug on the deal and signed Alexis Sanchez from FC Barcelona instead, leaving Balotelli stuck at the San Siro, which then lead to the club president saying he will stay.

Initial denial

With a transfer away off the table, it was then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who admired and praised the Italian, saying he is everything he likes in a striker, before denying interest in him just 24-hours later.

Despite denying interest, Liverpool then reportedly made their initial move yesterday, by offering £17.6m for the striker, and also offering him a four-year deal worth £90k-a-week. That offer was then dismissed by Milan after they confirmed that no formal bids had been lodged.

This was until this morning when reports broke that Balotelli's agent was in England and holding talks with Liverpool ahead of a possible move.

Balo confirmation

Since those original talks, both AC Milan and Balotelli have confirmed that talks are ongoing, and it's likely that it's his last day at the club.

AC Milan TV, their official television station, confirmed that the two clubs were in talks, whilst Sky Sports Italia revealed that Balotelli had said goodbye to his team-mates and had spent his last day at the club.

The deal is expected to be announced either later today, or tomorrow, which could see Balotelli's debut come on Monday night, against former-club, Manchester City.

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