Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Fernando Torres has not scored in 266 minutes of pre-season for Chelsea

Chelsea transfer news: AC Milan target Fernando Torres left out of Blues squad to face Leicester City

Blues man may be set for the exit as Balotelli's Liverpool move is tied up

Roberto Soldado celebrates his goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Cardiff City

Transfer news: AC Milan eye Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez or Roberto Soldado to replace Liverpool-bound Mario Balotelli

Serie A giants could make moves for Premier League stars after Mario exit

Mario Balotelli (left) shares a joke with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho during a friendly in the United States earlier this month getty

Liverpool transfer news: Mario Balotelli's agent claims £16m Kop switch is 'make or break' for enigmatic Italian striker

AC Milan man expected to become a Liverpool player before Man City clash

Pre-season: Stevan Jovetic 'will stay' as Manchester City ease to 5-1 friendly victory over Mario Balotelli's AC Milan on USA tour

Former City forward was also spotted posing for a selfie with pitch invaders

Mario Balotelli and Fanny Neguesha pose with Arsenal badges

Arsenal transfer news: Mario Balotelli '99.9 per cent' certain to stay with AC Milan

Former Manchester City ace looks likely to remain in Italy with Milan

Adel Taarabt

Transfer news: QPR forward Adel Taarabt completes switch from Fulham to AC Milan

The Morocco international ends his loan spell with the Cottagers to move to Serie A

Adel Taarabt

Transfer news: Adel Taarabt poised to leave Fulham for AC Milan switch

The Moroccan has failed to make much of an impression at Craven Cottage

Jonjo Shelvey (R) of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal alongside Nathan Dyer

Swansea 2 Fulham 0: Michael Laudrup expresses relief following victory

The Swans were on a dreadful run of results

A view of West Ham's Upton Park

West Ham reveal increased debts

The club are currently in a fight against Premier League relegation

Michael Essien will leave Chelsea after agreeing a move to AC Milan

Transfer news: Michael Essien set for Chelsea exit after Blues reach agreement with AC Milan over departure

Essien has featured sparingly since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge and has been given the go ahead to join the Italian club

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be on his way out of the club in January according to his agent

Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to complete AC Milan move

Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Michael Essien to AC Milan, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Michael Essien

Transfer news: West Ham fail with last minute move for Michael Essien as AC Milan loan draws closer

Hammers miss out on Ghana international to AC Milan

Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch

Transfer news: Chelsea ready to pay-off Michael Essien's contract to speed up AC Milan switch - reports

Blues willing to pay Essien a lump some to speed up move to AC Milan

AC Milan have got in contact Leicester City over availability of Kasper Schmeichel

Transfer news: AC Milan contact Leicester City over availability of Kasper Schmeichel - reports

Championship leaders put on alert after Italian giants are linked with former Manchester City 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel

De Jong and Lucas

Transfer news: Liverpool eye deal for Nigel De Jong if Lucas injury proves serious - reports

The Reds are set to turn their attentions to De Jong if Lucas' injury turns into a long-term problem

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