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Liverpool have laid down the law to Mario Balotelli over what they expect from him at Anfield after senior club officials met the AC Milan striker's representatives in a city centre hotel on Thursday night. (Daily Mail)

The Italy international is closing in on a £16m move to Merseyside, providing he promises absolute commitment both on and off the field.

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Brendan Rodgers believes he will be able to tame the 24-year-old, whose career has been littered with a number of bizarre episodes due to his erratic behaviour.

However, the Reds are ready to take a chance on the former Manchester City man and will offer him a contract worth £90,000-a-week as they look to fill the void left by the recently departed Luis Suarez.

Suarez joined Barcelona earlier this summer in a mouth-watering £75m deal, and Liverpool will now turn to the enigmatic Balotelli to help fire them to Premier League glory this season.

Liverpool transfer gossip:

Liverpool are still hoping to sign Chelsea reject Samuel Eto'o even after negotiating a deal to sign reported Arsenal target Mario Balotelli. (London Metro)

The Merseyside club have held talks with the Cameroon international's agent in the past 48 hours, and hope to secure the free transfer capture of the veteran striker imminently.

Liverpool target Antonio Candreva looks set to leave Lazio this summer after the Serie 'A' club stalled over offering the midfielder a new contract. (talkSPORT)

The Italy international is demanding a 100 per cent pay rise to his current agreement which sees him earn around £1 million per season - and could now be available for as little as £7 million.

Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan has been the subject of a reported bid from Premier League rivals Manchester United, who are hoping to sign the Benfica star before the transfer window closes. (Record)

The Reds reportedly held talks with the Argentina international earlier this summer, but having recruited other attacking midfield reinforcements the 26-year-old could now move to Old Trafford.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is on the verge of an Anfield exit as former Reds boss Rafa Benitez hopes to bring the player to Napoli. (Sky Sports Italia)

The 27-year-old has struggled for regular first-team football over the past 18 months, and could be open to the idea of being reunited with the man that first brought him to Merseyside in Italy.

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