Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli

Aug 21, 2014 3:37 PM

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another.

Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million.

Liverpool is in talks with AC Milan over the permanent signing of Balotelli, who was rarely out of the headlines in a 2½-year spell with Manchester City that ended in January 2013.

Liverpool has yet to open talks with Balotelli.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is looking to add a striker to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 1.

Suarez was sold to Barcelona after being handed a four-month worldwide ban for biting an opponent during the World Cup.

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