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AC Milan insist they have not received an offer from Liverpool for their striker Mario Balotelli.

Reports in England claim the Italy international is being lined up as a replacement for Luis Suarez following his move to Barcelona, with the Merseyside club prepared to make a £17.5million bid for the former Manchester City player.

"At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli," AC Milan club administrator Adriano Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "Hence, there is no negotiation.

"We will see as the transfer market ends on September 1."

Balotelli played almost three seasons at City before being sold to Milan for £17m in January 2013.

He scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for Milan last season but the Rossoneri finished a disappointing eighth and will not play in Europe this term.

The 24-year-old, who is under contract with the Italian outfit until June 2017, has been linked with a move away from the San Siro this summer. Milan president Silvio Berlusconi said previously he came close to selling Balotelli to an unnamed English club before the World Cup.

Balotelli scored one goal in three appearances for Italy in the tournament in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Alberto Moreno says leaving boyhood club Sevilla is "painful" but he's excited about starting a new chapter of his career at Liverpool. The Spanish international left-back, who completed his £12m move to Anfield last weekend, was back in his homeland yesterday for a farewell press conference.

"I want to offer my thanks to everyone at the club," Moreno said.

"The president, the board of directors and all the managers I've worked with, through the youth system, and especially I want to thank (manager) Unai Emery, who gave me the opportunity to be with the first-team and for always showing confidence in me.

"I also say farewell to the great fans of this club. I have always been comfortable with them and they have treated me superbly. It's always painful leaving the club where I've always been and I hope to return one day.

"I arrived here in 2004. Sevilla is the club which has given me everything, helping me grow as a player and a person. This isn't a goodbye, but rather a farewell. I hope to be back here one day. I never imagined it would be as painful as this, but it's true that when you start to say goodbye to your team-mates and all the people around the club, it hurts, but I leave to keep growing as a player."

Tears

Moreno broke down in tears following Sevilla's defeat by Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff last week. He had discovered earlier in the day that a deal had finally been struck with Liverpool and he was withdrawn from the La Liga outfit's starting line up.

"I found out that morning," he added. "Emery spoke to me and told me everything was pretty much done and I wasn't going to play. I felt awful because I was psyched up about playing and I really wanted to play."

ITALIAN JOB: 
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could make a bid for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli (main pic) before 
tomorrow week's transfer 
deadline.


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