Transfer Bin: Liverpool linked with Mario Balotelli deal

We assess the possibility of Brendan Rodgers moving for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli reportedly wants a move back to the Premier League. What started out as a dream at his favourite club AC Milan, scoring 14 goals in 13 games for the club after his January move from Manchester City.

But his 18 goals in 40 games this term has not helped Milan climb up the table, as they finished in a disappointing eighth position. That means a lack of Champions League football, obviously something every big name footballer craves. The striker is also said to be fed up with the racism problem in his home country. He was recently racially abused whilst training with Italy at their World Cup training base near Florence.

So a return to the Premier League is reportedly an option - with Liverpool today being added to the list of clubs apparently taking an interest in him. A rumour which warrants a place in our Transfer Bin.

It is certainly true that Liverpool could do with another striker. The club is heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and with Champions League football on the horizon next season they certainly need to add depth to the club in the attacking department.

Balotelli is known to be a big fan of Liverpool. He advised Fabio Borini to make the switch to club from Roma, describing playing in front of the Anfield crowd as a beautiful experience.

But would Liverpool really want Balotelli at the club?

Surely not. First of all there is the price-tag. Balotelli cost Milan in excess of €20 million in January of 2013 and Liverpool would be expected to pay at least that price for the player. Although the player is obviously talented you have to wonder if he is worth the hassle.

Throughout his career the striker has been a constant source of aggravation for his respective managers both on and especially off the pitch. Liverpool have a group built on respect and team-work, the presence of Balotelli would be too much of a risk to that delicate balance.

There are so many options of equal talent, smaller price-tags and more harmonious temperament in comparison to the former Manchester City player.

If Liverpool want a troublesome striker who has a very high opinion of himself then Nicklas Bendtner is available for absolutely nothing. And signing Balotelli is about as likely for The Reds as it for picking up the Dane ... not very.

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