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Football: Liverpool seal Mario Balotelli transfer swoop

Published on Aug 26, 2014 12:01 AM
Italy's national soccer player Mario Balotelli in action at a training session during the 2014 World Cup.  Liverpool completed the transfer of the AC Milan striker on Monday. August 25, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool completed their signing of AC Milan’s Italy striker Mario Balotelli on Monday.

The 24-year-old emerged as a target for Reds manager Brendan Rodgers last week and Liverpool had been locked in talks with the former Manchester City star’s agent since agreeing a reported £16 million (S$33 million) fee with Milan.

Those negotiations reached a successful conclusion on Monday and Balotelli’s move was confirmed just hours before his new club face his old employers City in a Premier League clash at Eastlands.

“Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration,” a statement on the club’s website announced.

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