Liverpool have sealed the £16 million signing of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.
The 24-year-old has agreed a "long-term deal" according to the club, but is unable to make his Reds bow at former club Manchester City tonight.
YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL! 👊✌☝— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) August 25, 2014
The Italy striker tweeted the news of his signing minutes ahead of the official club announcement, saying: "YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL!"
The club said in a statement: "Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2014
"The 24-year-old sealed his switch to Anfield from AC Milan after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term deal to become the Reds' ninth signing of the summer so far."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers added: "This transfer represents outstanding value for the club. Mario is a world-class talent."
Balotelli is the ninth arrival during a hectic summer at Anfield as Rodgers prepares for a season with Champions League football back on the agenda.
He helped City to their first trophy in 35 years with the 2011 FA Cup and played a pivotal role in their first title in 44 years the following year.
However, Balotelli managed just two goals during five feckless months of the 2012-13 campaign before he was sold to Milan in the January transfer window after a heated training ground altercation with then-manager Roberto Mancini.
Balotelli has also won the Champions League, three Serie A titles, plus 33 caps for Italy during which he has scored 13 goals, including the strike that accounted for England in the World Cup.Suggest a correction