Agent: 'Liverpool courted Mario Balotelli for three months'

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli in action during a friendly match against Chelsea on August 4, 2013
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The agent of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says that he has been in talks with Liverpool since May.

Mario Balotelli's representative has claimed that he has been in negotiations with Liverpool regarding his client's services for three months.

News broke on Thursday that Liverpool had reached an agreement with AC Milan to sign the Italian striker.

However, the 24-year-old's agent Mino Raiola has insisted that talks regarding the switch started as early as May.

"The negotiations have been going on for three months. It's not exactly a scoop," he told Corriere della Sera. "I'll conclude the transfer on Monday or Tuesday, as there are still a few things to sort out.

"Liverpool have always been the only English club who negotiated for Mario. I never lied to the media. Three days ago there was talk of Liverpool, but no offer. The truth is I've been working on Mario for months. The time had come to divorce from Milan."

It is believed that Balotelli will cost the Reds £16m.

AC Milan's Adel Taarabt celebrates with teammate Mario Balotelli after scoring his team's second goal against Livorno during the Serie A match on April 19, 2014
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