Agent: 'Liverpool is Mario Balotelli's last chance at top level football'

The agent of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says that his proposed move to Liverpool could be his client's last chance to be a success at a top club.

Mario Balotelli's agent has admitted that the forward's move to Liverpool could be the striker's last chance to play at a big club.

The AC Milan striker is undergoing a medical at the club's Melwood training ground ahead of a proposed £16m move to Anfield.

Mino Raiola told Corriere della Sera: "At the top level yes [it is his last chance]. Either it works here or it's a bust. If it goes wrong? Mario is 24 years old. He no longer has the alibi of his age.

"Mario played well for six or seven months, giving a decisive push for them to enter the Champions League. But then you could see he is not ready to be a leader. Will he ever be a leader? It's not mandatory that every player has to be a leader.

"Liverpool have Steven Gerrard. There Mario will be protected and can give his best. Now it's up to him. Another flop is inadvisable. Not everyone is born to be a leader and a good striker is not always a leader either."

Raiola also indicated that the transfer will be completed on Monday or Tuesday.

Milan striker Mario Balotelli in action against Inter on February 24, 2013
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