Liverpool linked ex-Chelsea striker targeted as £16m Balotelli replacement

Samuel Eto'o might be on his way to AC Milan to replace Mario Balotelli - despite Liverpool being interested.

Liverpool will complete perhaps the most sensational transfer of the summer on Monday, when they finalise a deal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. The £16 million impending signing comes in with the task of replacing an equally as controversial centre-forward in Luis Suarez.

Liverpool had previously attempted to sign Loic Remy, but the deal fell through after a failed medical, in orser to provide support to the likes of Daniel Sturridge and another newbie in Rickie Lambert.

But it is believed that Liverpool will not stop there with their striker hunt. It is rumoured the club will offer a contract to free agent Samuel Eto'o, who was previously at Chelsea.

The Cameroonian is being linked with a plethora of teams this summer, but in the past few days it is Liverpool who have been said to be leading the chase for the former Barcelona striker.

With Champions League football at Anfield this season the club need plenty of reinforcements, and Eto'o would take the striker numbers to four for what will be a hectic season.

But it looks as though their purchase of Balotelli might have ruined their chances of bringing in Eto'o.

It is reported in Italy that AC Milan are now ready to replace their outgoing Italian international with, you guessed it, Samuel Eto'o.

And they might have a decent chance of signing him. Eto'o has good memories of Milan from his time with city rivals Internazionale, and plenty of players have played for both in their careers.

So while Liverpool may be hoping to supplement Balotelli with a sprinkling of Eto'o, it appears that the signature of the Italian might have opened up the market for their secondary target to move elsewhere.

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