Liverpool is working on a deal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan and is in talks with the Italy striker’s agent in London, Goal has learned.
Mino Raiola, who represents a number of top-level footballers including Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has flown to England to guage the Reds’ interest in his client.
The Merseysiders are also in talks with Milan, who – despite earlier denials from CEO Adriano Galliani – are willing to let Balotelli leave San Siro but will only consider a permanent switch and not a loan move, having confirmed negotiations with the Merseysiders on their official TV channel.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted throughout the summer that he will not panic in his search to replace Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for just over €88 million.
A €10m move for Loic Remy fell through amid claims of a failed medical, while rumours linking the club with Monaco striker Radamel Falcao also persist.[eap_ad_2]
Balotelli has been unhappy at Milan for several months but, while Galliani has been keen to keep hold of him, Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi wants to complete a sale.
Berlusconi even claimed following the World Cup that the striker’s poor performances in Brazil had scuppered a big-money deal with an English club. (goal.com)
Rwanda’s appeal hearing fixed for August 27
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that Rwanda’s appeal hearing over the disqualification from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers has been set for August 27.
This follows CAF’s decision to disqualify Rwanda from the continental competition for fielding an ineligible player – Etekiama Agiti Tady also known as Dady Birori in Rwanda.
Born in Kinshasa, Agiti/Birori has Congolese and Rwandan nationalities with different date of births in each of the passports.
The Congolese Football Federation (Fecofoot) handed in a complaint to CAF about this scenario after their 2-0 win over Rwanda in Pointe Noir in July, a game that Birori was a part of.
Despite his absence in the return leg, Rwanda defeated Congo Brazzaville 4-3 on penalties after a 2-0 result at full time to tie the aggregate 2-2.
Rwanda then progressed to Group A with Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan. However, with CAF banning the player indefinitely, Rwanda was disqualified last Sunday and replaced with Congo Brazzaville. (supersport.com)[eap_ad_3]