Mario Balotelli heads to Liverpool for $26.5 million fee

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Milan, Italy (4E Sports) – AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is now headed to Liverpool after the two teams agreed on a $26.5 million transfer fee, according to sources.

The Serie A club’s website indicated Balotelli has said his goodbyes to his AC Milan teammates and the club’s staff ahead of his move to Liverpool.

The 24-year-old Balotelli trained for the last time with the Rossoneri Thursday morning before leaving the club’s headquarters at Milanello.

“Mario Balotelli left the Milanello Sports Centre at 13:30 after having said goodbye to his teammates,” AC Milan said a statement posted on its website.

“The forward, before exiting through the gates, bid farewell to the press office staff. Around 50 fans were also grouped in front of the gates to say goodbye to him,” it added.

Balotelli could see action when Liverpool faces his former club Manchester City Monday night.

The former Inter Milan forward joined Milan from Manchester City for just over 20 million euros in January 2013. He had cost City 30 million euros when he arrived from the Nerazzurri in 2010.

Last season, he scored 14 goals in 30 league games for Milan, and no player has scored more goals in Serie A over the 18 months he has been playing in the division.

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