Mario Balotelli is one of the biggest names in European soccer, and he's returning to the English Premier League this season to join Liverpool, thanks to a reported $26.5 million transfer fee paid to AC Milan. Balotelli, the Italian striker known for his goal-scoring — as well as his attitude and antics — scored 30 goals in 54 games for Milan. Liverpool, meanwhile, seeks to fill the void left by the departure of Luis Suarez. More, from the BBC:

Liverpool have agreed a £16m fee with AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants the Italy international, 24, to strengthen his attack after last season's top scorer Luis Suarez joined Barcelona.

Balotelli moved to Milan for £19m from City last year and has scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club.

Liverpool travel to Etihad Stadium in their next Premier League match on Monday.

Negotiations are still taking place to agree terms with the player, but Balotelli has already said his farewells in Italy.

Milan said in a statement on their website: "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13:30 local time, after saying goodbye to his team-mates.

"Before leaving the premises, the striker has said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."

Balotelli, beyond being a supremely talented footballer, is also a fan favorite for his rock star lifestyle — complete with smoking hot WAG. We can't wait to see what Super Mario has in store for the Premier League this season.

[via BBC]

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