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Liverpool in talks to sign Balotelli

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM

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.

Balotelli, who spent 21⁄2 years with Manchester City up to 2013, left the club's Milanello training ground yesterday for possibly the last time.

"Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13:30 (local time) after saying goodbye to his teammates," Milan said in a statement. "Before going through the gates, he said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."

Balotelli scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for Milan last season. He netted 12 times in 13 matches the previous campaign, helping the team to a third-place finish in Serie A.