Mario Balotelli has confirmed that he will be signing for Liverpool in a deal worth around £16m, according to Sky Sports.

The Reds are understood to have intensified their efforts to land the controversial Italian in the last 24 hours, with a loan enquiry believed having turned into an almost certain full transfer for the 24-year-old as a fee was agreed.

Brendan Rodgers played down speculation of a move for Balotelli during pre-season, but the Northern Irishman’s pursuit of a new striker has since stuttered, with Loic Remy’s proposed switch having collapsed.

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And now the AC Milan forward has stated that he expects to be a Liverpool player soon:

“Today is my last day (at Milan). I am going to Liverpool.”

Balotelli has already spent one spell in English football with Manchester City, where he was a character whom divided opinion.

Although his on-field talent was obvious, his off-field antics and occasional acts of petulance during games led to his eventual exit in January 2013.

He has since shone for Milan, but the San Siro giants are keen to offload him in a bid to trim their wage bill.

A move for Balotelli indicates that Liverpool are no longer pursuing Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani.

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