Liverpool media round-up: Lucas attracting two clubs, Balotelli in line for bonus

Mario Balotelli Italy

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is attracting interest from Italy after it was reported that the Reds are prepared to listen to offers for the Brazilian.

The Daily Mail are reporting that AC Milan have shown an interest in signing the 28-year-old, while Juventus have reportedly made an enquiry. Liverpool are said to value the player at around £8 million. 

One of the reasons Liverpool may be struggling to get rid of unwanted forward Mario Balotelli is because the Italian has a six-figure loyalty bonus written into his contract, according to the Guardian as well as other media outlets.

They report that if he stays at the club beyond the transfer window he could be in line for a bonus despite Brendan Rodgers appearing very keen to offload the forward they signed from AC Milan for £16 million last summer.

It is said to be one of a series of bonuses that the player's agent, Mino Raiola, negotiated into the player's contract when he arrived at the club.

The report also states that Liverpool are prepared to let Balotelli leave on loan but despite reports linking him with moves back to Serie A, the striker has no desire to return to Italy.

The Daily Mirror's report says they are willing to pay as much as 60% of Balotelli's wages if he were to leave on loan before the end of the window.

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