Liverpool have not bid for Mario Balotelli

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Liverpool have not made a formal offer for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, despite reports in Italy suggesting otherwise.

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It was claimed earlier today suggesting that the Premier League outfit had offered AC Milan £17.6million for the controversial figure, but those reports have been quickly rubbished by the Serie A side, who are still keen to sell the striker.

Balotelli's future has been one of the hot topics during this Summer's transfer window, and despite Arsenal ending their interest in the 23-year-old, Liverpool are reportedly still interested in the Italian international.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his side are in dire needs of a new striker, after selling star-man Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona earlier this year, and Balotelli is one of the names on his list, alongside Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco, and Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Reds currently only have three strikers in their first-team, in the shape of Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert. But with Borini expected to leave the club, Rodgers is desperate to sign another striker to help Sturridge for the season ahead.

No bid

It was reported from Italy, that Liverpool were readying a four-year contract worth £90k-a-week, if Milan were to accept their, but AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, has confirmed that no bids have been tabled as of today.

"At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli," Galliani said.

"Hence, there is no negotiation.

"We will see as the transfer market ends on September 1."

Earlier in the window, Balotelli was valued at around £26million, but due to lack of interest, Milan have reduced his price-tag to just £19m, which is still £2m short of what Liverpool are prepared to pay.

However, if a formal offer does eventually come in for Balotelli, Milan may accept it due to them desperate to sell the striker in order to get him off their wage bill.

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