World Cup winner evaluates Mario Balotelli’s impending move from AC Milan to Liverpool

Former AC Milan and Italy international defender Massimo Oddo gives his take on Mario Balotelli’s impending move to Premier League club Liverpool.

Former AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo believes that it is hard to judge whether the club are making the right decision in selling Mario Balotelli to Liverpool this summer.

It has been widely reported that the Italian club will let go of the star striker to the Reds for a transfer fee of £16 million.

The 24-year-old joined Milan from Manchester City in January 2013 and went on to play a key role in their third-place finish in Serie A in the 2012-13 season.

Balotelli scored 12 goals in as many starts in the league that term for Milan, but struggled to reach those heights last campaign.

The former Inter Milan star could only score 14 goals in 30 league appearances and failed to prevent Milan from finishing as low as eighth in Serie A.

And now the Italy international is on his way back to the Premier League, this time to Liverpool.

Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Oddo, who won the Champions League with Milan in 2007 and the World Cup with Italy in 2006, said that it is not easy to evaluate if the deal is good for Milan or not.

‘These decisions are down the club - evidently the economic advantages outweigh the technical disadvantages, or at least that is what the club believes’, said the 38-year-old.

‘It is difficult to judge whether the operation can be advantageous or not for Milan, because it is not only about technical matters.

‘We need to see if the player was motivated to stay, if his behaviour was in line with the requirements of the club, the economic benefits. In short, it is difficult to make a judgement exclusively on technical aspects'.

Balotelli’s talent and quality cannot be doubted, but his off-pitch issues and attitude have often led him to hit the headlines.

Milan was the club he grew up supporting as a boy, but it appears that the Italian outfit's officials believe that he is not worth the hassle after just 18 months.

For Liverpool, signing a quality-laden striker for just £16m is indeed a great deal, and Milan will know that they could have got more for Balotelli had he had a good 2014 World Cup campaign.

But perhaps for the Serie A giants the decision was taken considering the striker’s mentality and attitude.

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