Liverpool sign Balotelli from Milan

Italian striker joins EPL side for a reported $26.5m on a 'long-term deal', less than two years after leaving Man City.

    Balotelli joins Liverpool as a replacement for Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona [REUTERS]
    Balotelli joins Liverpool as a replacement for Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona [REUTERS]

    Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan on Monday for a reported $26.5m, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

    Nineteen months after ending a two-and-a-half-year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli will return to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez - another of world football's talented but disruptive stars.

    "I'm happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake,'' Balotelli said in a Liverpool statement.

    "I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake.''

    Balotelli, who has signed what Liverpool said is a "long-term deal'', has already trained at his new club and will attend the team's Premier League game against City at Etihad Stadium.

    He wasn't registered in time to play.

    During his time at City, in which he won the league title, Balotelli was sent off four times, threw a dart at a youth-team player and was involved in an incident that saw fireworks explode in his bathroom.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.