Brendan Rodgers has all but confirmed that Mario Balotelli will be a Liverpool player soon, suggesting that the “risk” may garner a big “reward” for the club.
The Reds yesterday agreed a £16m fee with AC Milan for the former Manchester City forward, and reports suggest that he will have completed his medical on Merseyside by the end of today.
Further to this, the 24-year-old has settled on a £110,000-per-week contract – £60,000-per-week less than he was earning in Italy – with various behaviour-related clauses involved.
Balotelli has become infamous for his off-field antics and sometimes questionable temperament on the pitch, which has led many to question Liverpool decision to pursue him, especially so soon after offloading another ‘bad boy’ in the shape of Luis Suarez.
But Rodgers – who joked about “categorically” ruling out a move for ‘Balo’ earlier this summer – believes that the hit-man’s abilities far outweigh the possible dangers he brings:
“I can categorically tell you I can’t speak about it before the player has signed,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“We always said we were working for another striker,” he continued. “If we can do a deal for anyone we will.
“Sometimes you have to take a risk with people, but a lot of the time if you take that risk you get a reward for it.
“It’s not easy finding new players as there’s a small pool of players we could actually buy. But a lot of good work is going on.”
Balotelli won the Premier League with City before joining Milan in 2013. He has since netted 30 goals in his homeland.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 22, 2014