Arsena and Liverpool eyeing up cut-price Balotelli move

Mario Balotelli is being linked with a stunning return to English football with Liverpool and Arsenal are both lining up cut-price move for the mercurial forward.

That has alerted Liverpool and table-toppers Arsenal, both of whom are on the look-out for new strikers ahead of the January transfer window.

The addition of Balotelli to the Liverpool squad would certainly create headlines on and off the field, especially as the Italian International would link up with another controversial star, Luis Suarez.

The 23 year old has previously revealed that Liverpool fans are the most passionate fans in England and he could find himself playing in front of the Kop come January if reports that the Brendan Rodgers is ready to move for the player who could be available for as little as £12 million pounds.

Balotelli only returned to AC Milan last January but he is considering his future with the club he loves after being involved in a number of fall-outs not to mention emerging as a target of abuse from opposition fans.

Last month the striker was on the end of a prank by fans when his Ferrari was covered in toilet paper following his refusal to sign autographs and pose for pictures for a group of fans while he has also been the subject of racist chants from opposition fans, including fans of Fiorentina and Roma since his return to Italy.

The striker is currently suspended following his red card last week although despite being in the stands for his side’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria on Saturday night, Balotelli was still the centre of attention.

The former Manchester City star was sent off after the final whistle during his side’s loss to Napoli last weekend however in typical fashion, the striker laughed off his suspension by posting selfies during his side’s win on Saturday night.

Valter Birsa was hero on the field off play as his goal helped under-fire Milan to a morale-boosting 1-0 win however was main attraction was in the stands where Balotelli posed for photographers and was seen talking pictures of himself and his brother, Enoch.

Given the impact Balotelli made during his first stint in England, on and off the field, his return would be welcomed by fans and journalists alike.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.