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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 – Mario Balotelli takes Liverpool pay cut as Brendan Rodgers stays wary

Liverpool target Samuel Etoo as alternative if move collapses Mario Balotelli agrees 50% pay cut for move from MilanMario Balotelli has accepted a 50% pay-cut to join Liverpool from Milan but the stunning transfer will proceed only if Brendan Rodgers is convinced the Italian striker is willing to develop at Anfield.The Liverpool manager met Balotelli for the first time after the striker flew into Manchester airport and underwent the first part of his medical in the city on Friday. The second part is scheduled for Saturday and Balotelli could be a Liverpool player on Monday providing Rodgers received the assurances he wants in their face-to-face meeting. Continue reading…

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