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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli set to seal £16m Liverpool switch in next few days

Talks with Brendan Rodgers progressed well Balotelli set for £80,000-a-week contractMario Balotelli is set to seal his return to the Premier League within the next few days following constructive talks with Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool have agreed a 16m fee with Milan for the Italy international and a three-year contract worth a basic 80,000-a-week plus 40,000 in performance and behaviour incentives with the striker.The deal, however, was dependent on the Liverpool manager being convinced of Balotellis willingness to develop at Anfield and it is understood their meeting at Melwood training ground on Friday progressed well. The 24-year-old underwent the second part of his medical on Saturday before returning to Italy and is expected back on Merseyside on Monday or Tuesday to complete the transfer. His contract includes an option for Liverpool to keep the former Internazionale and Manchester City forward for a fourth year. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manuel Pellegrini: Liverpool crumbled under title pressure last season

I was sure they could not win the final games of the season City host Liverpool on Monday in early-season showdownManuel Pellegrini says Liverpool blew their chance of winning the title last season because they could not handle the pressure of being top of the league.Brendan Rodgerss team beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield on 13 April to give them a seven-point lead over City with four matches left, although City had two games in hand. After Liverpool lost and drew one of their remaining games and City dropped only one point from the last available 18, Pellegrinis team were crowned champions. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool will not compromise extensive code of conduct

Manager refuses to discuss Mario Balotelli transfer Sometimes you have to take a risk with peopleBrendan Rodgers has insisted the club would not compromise their extensive code of conduct, while refusing to discuss Mario Balotellis imminent move to Liverpool.Balotelli attracted controversy during his spell at Manchester City under Roberto Mancini, but Rodgers hinted at the clauses the forward is understood to have been asked to agree to prior to joining the club. Every club will have a code of conduct. We have a fantastic environment and a great culture. Nothing will ever shake that. Continue reading…

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