Mario Balotelli needs to sign behaviour clause to join Liverpool
Balotelli’s previous antics has led Liverpool to insist the Italian must behave himself at Anfield
August 22nd, 2014
Mario Balotelli looks set to join Liverpool this month although the Merseyside club are wary enough of his controversial past to insist that the striker toes the line at Anfield.
It appears that they are going to land Balotelli for a relative snip at £16 million although Brendan Rodgers wants to make sure that the 24-year-old behaves himself on and off the pitch.
Roberto Mancini was left tearing his hair out at the way Balotelli conducted himself, with Liverpool prepared to take a punt by bringing the player back to England although that is dependent on the Italian signing a behaviour clause as part of his contract.
Rodgers categorically stated he had no interest in signing Balotelli three weeks ago, although the Liverpool manager has since performed an about-turn on this decision and the deal looks set to go through providing the player agrees to the terms and conditions.
Balotelli was sent off four times during his two-and-a-half seasons at City and once threatened legal action after being fined two weeks’ wages for missing 11 games through suspension while at the Etihad Stadium.
Jose Mourinho described the player as unmanageable when the pair were at Internazionale, although Liverpool’s £8 million move for Loic Remy fell through a few weeks ago and Rodgers has struggled to earmark a suitable striker who can go some way to replacing Luis Suarez.