Rumours circulated earlier in the summer that the Premier League outfit were keen on signing the Milan striker.
Coach Brendan Rodgers went public to deny those suggestions, but Sport Mediaset have claimed today that the Anfield side have formally registered their interest by offering €22m - £17.5 million - for the goalscorer.
Pippo Inzaghi’s men are said to be unwilling to part with their Italy international, but could be open to bids over €25m (£20m)
UPDATE: AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has confirmed that no official bid has been received - yet. "At the moment we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli. The transfer window is open until September 1st."
Brendan Rodgers sparked a frenzy of speculation ahead of Liverpool's friendly against AC Milan during the summer, praising the volatile striker in glowing terms: "He’s got all the qualities. He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals," Rodgers said. "And he’s still so young. If his focus is right, his concentration is right and he leads the lifestyle of a top player then he can play for any team in the world.”
It shows how far Balotelli's star has fallen since his mercurial days with Manchester City, and his match-winning displays for Italy at Euro 2012, that fans weren't enamoured of the idea. But Rodgers is spot on: Balotelli has almost limitless potential, is very much available... and what's more, would jump at the chance to leave a failing Milan side for a Champions League outfit. Nobody on the planet could fill the void left by Suarez, but Balotelli would have a damn good try - in every sense, of course, since off-pitch drama is guaranteed with the big Italian. Above all, for the money being talked about it certainly seems worth the risk.
In other words, if this rumour isn't true, then it probably should be.
VIEW FROM ITALY
"Everything to do with Balotelli always generates comments in Italy - but this is just a rumour. Maybe it's popped up because yesterday Mino Raiola, Balotelli's agent, was spotted at Milanello, AC Milan's training complex. He had a face-to-face chat with Mario for about an hourm but no news came up about a meeting between him and AC Milan's board.
"But Galliani's quote clearly suggests that something is happening - he might as well have come out and said 'You give us €22m, we'll give you Balotelli'.
"Selling him makes no sense for Milan since he's the only star left in their poorest-ever side. But would it make sense for Liverpool? Absolutely. It would be the perfect place for him: the unconditional love from the Kop, and a city like Liverpool would be just what he needs to finally perform and show his talent."- Simone Eterno, Eurosport Italia
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