Liverpool plan on selling Mario Balotelli to help launch an ambitious double swoop this month, according to the Daily Express.
The Italian's future at Liverpool has grown increasingly uncertain, with the forward failing to perform for the Reds resulting in just two goals in all competitions so far for him. It means the Anfield side have scored just 29 goals in the Premier League, much less than the rest of the top eight.
Now, boss Brendan Rodgers is now hoping to capitalise on interest from PSG and Napoli in the striker and offload him while he can.
With the funds from the sale of Balotelli, Liverpool then plan to make a bid for Gonzalo Higuain as a replacement for the 24-year old, and also for 'keeper Sergio Romero from Sampdoria.
Higuain could now be available for transfer with Manolo Gabbiadini arriving in Naples from Sampdoria and the club now need to sell in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. As for Romero, the club are confident they can tie up a deal for him this month as they look to recruit a new goalkeeper, with Simon Mignolet prone to error and Brad Jones out injured.
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The Romero deal should be fully funded by the sale of the Italian but a deal for Higuain may cost a little extra. If that is the case, Rodgers also plans on selling Lucas Leiva, with Napoli and Inter Milan interested.
Lucas would cost around £7 million to any interested parties, while Balotelli would cost just less than the £16 million that Liverpool paid for him last summer.
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