Mario Balotelli price tag cut down to just £14.5m by AC Milan

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Mario Balotelli has reportedly has his asking price considerably reduced by AC Milan, with the hope of luring the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Monaco back into the race for his signature this summer. 

Both aforementioned Premier League giants have been credited with an interest in Balotelli in recent months, but no concrete offer or agreement ever appeared to materialise, despite Milan president Silvio Berlusconi having previously admitted that a deal to sell the Italian international to an English club had stalled following Italy's poor performance at the World Cup in Brazil.

New Rossoneri manager Filippo Inzaghi - who succeeded fellow San Siro legend Clarence Seedorf as AC Milan manager back in May - has sounded relatively keen to utlilise Balotelli's considerable talent but it now it seems as if he will be sold after all, with The Daily Express citing reports from Italy that claim the Serie A side are willing to accept offers of just £14.5 million for one of their top performers.

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Whether Liverpool will be tempted to bid for Balotelli in light of this perceived change in stance from Milan remains to be seen, although there is certainly no question that Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to further reinforce his options in the final third following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last week.

The value of that aforementioned transfer - believed to be in excess of a whopping £70 million - should leave Rodgers with a significant sum to reinvest in the squad at Anfield, so they would feasibly have no problem whatsoever in meeting Milan's newest demands.

The question for Liverpool and Rodgers now, you would think, surrounds just whether it would be worth the inevitable problems and aggravation that would surely arise after replacing one hot-headed, slightly controversial striker with another.

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Giroud competition?

Similarly, Arsenal's interest in chasing a deal for Balotelli at a reduced price is unknown, but they too appear to have a gap in their current first-team squad for a competent, recognised striker with the departure of Nicklas Bendtner earlier this summer leaving only the young Yaya Sanogo to provide adequate competition for Olivier Giroud.

Balotelli's knowledge and prior experience of the Premier League would give him a slight edge over several other foreign imports, although his famously unpredictable temperament - Balotelli often clashed with former manager Roberto Mancini at Manchester City - would pose a significant risk to team harmony.

Rather than take such a risk, Arsene Wenger may instead be inclined to look elsewhere for similar value for money or perhaps even rely on new signing Alexis Sanchez to prove his worth as an out-and-out forward.

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