Transfer Balls: Liverpool Beat Arsenal And Chelsea In Balotelli Flesh Market
SO. Mario Balotelli is on his way to Liverpool from AC Milan.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta says Chelsea and Arsenal both wanted the former Manchester City player, but Liverpool offered the most money.
But it was the lack of interest from other clubs, few viable alternatives and a reduced fee that turned Liverpool to the forward. After all, it was Brendan Rodgers who opined:
“I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool. In my last press conference I was asked a question about Mario Balotelli and I talked about what a talent he was and what an excellent player he was. And the next day it was wrote as if we were signing him. I just gave my perception of him as a player. It shouldn’t be transmitted in to us signing the player.”
The Times says the £16m transfer for the 24-year-old comes with conditions.
Among the clauses that Liverpool propose are structured punishments for being disruptive in training or guilty of bad timekeeping.
The Times says Balotelli has agreed a five-year contract worth about £115,000 per week — a cut of about £20,000 a week on his present deal.
The Guardian says Balotelli earns £160,00-a-week at Milan.
So. Is it all about the money? Yes, says Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph:
Liverpool, not unlike their rivals Manchester United, have tons of money to spend this summer but one is put in mind of a randy sailor – the last off his boat after months at sea – making his way into town with a pocket full of cash only to discover all the best looking whores have already been pimped out.
A prostitute? Liverpool fans already love him: