Liverpool in talks with AC Milan as Balotelli agent flies to London

The Serie A side are willing to do a deal with the Reds but will not consider a loan move for the Italy international striker and are holding out for a permanent sale
By Fabrizio Romano

Liverpool are working on a deal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan and are in talks with the Italy striker's agent in London, Goal has learned.

Mino Raiola, who represents a number of top-level footballers including Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has flown to England to guage the Reds' interest in his client, while Milan have confirmed negotiations with the Merseysiders on their official TV channel.

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Despite earlier denials from CEO Adriano Galliani, the Italian giants are willing to let Balotelli leave San Siro but will only consider a permanent switch and not a loan move. They are expected to ask for a fee around €28 million (£22.4m).

Brendan Rodgers has insisted throughout the summer that he will not panic in his search to replace Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for just over £70m.

An £8m move for Loic Remy fell through amid claims of a failed medical, while rumours linking the club with Monaco striker Radamel Falcao also persist.

Balotelli has been unhappy at Milan for several months but, while Galliani has ben keen to keep hold of him, Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi wants to complete a sale.

Berlusconi even claimed following the World Cup that the striker's poor performances in Brazil had scuppered a big-money deal with an English club.

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