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Balotelli-Liverpool Talks Continue

Mario Balotelli has arrived in Liverpool for a medical ahead of his expected 16 million pound ($26.5 million) move from AC Milan. However, reports in Italy claim that the controversial 24-year-old will have to agree to several behavioral clauses in his contract before the move can take place.

But Coach Brendan Rodgers insists that that is not the case. "We have quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff. There is no specific one for any one individual,” he said. "This isn't like many clubs. Liverpool is a club that is a real strong family football club, with values and ethics that run over many years. I, as the manager, will fight to protect that always, so no matter which players or professionals are at the club, they will abide by that. But we understand that sometimes you have to take a risk with people. And a lot of the time, if you take that risk you can get a reward for it."

According to the BBC, Balotelli is set to sign a four-year contract worth 120,000 pounds ($199,000) per week. The report claims the deal will not be done in time for the Italian to make his debut against former club Manchester City on Monday.

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