Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Italian press say 'ciao' as agent posts Balotelli '45' shirt on Instagram

The Italian is on the brink of a £16m move to Anfield

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With Mario Balotelli on the verge of a £16m move to Liverpool, the Italian press have been saying their goodbyes.

The fee has been agreed with AC Milan and the striker's representatives are currently thrashing out a deal that is expected to net the Italian £90,000-a-week over a five-year contract.

Whilst the deadline to be available for Monday night's match against his former side Manchester City has passed, the deal is expected to go through imminently and the Italian press have reflected the developments.

Gazetto dello Sport, among the most prominent newspapers in Italy, said "Bye Bye" to the maverick striker with the headline below.



There is also speculation that Balotelli will wear the number 45 shirt at Anfield.

After news spread of the deal, images of a Liverpool shirt being printed up for Balotelli emerged and his agent, Mino Raiola, has given it credence by posting it on his Instagram account.


Liverpool's next game against after Monday night's clash with Manchester City is against Tottenham next Sunday.