Liverpool have agreed to pay a portion of Mario Balotelli’s wages in a bid to offload him to AC Milan this summer on a season-long loan.
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport - kindly relayed by talkSPORT - the Italian is due to travel to Italy in a bid to complete a medical, with the move only now hinging on whether or not the Reds and their Serie A counterparts can iron out some remaining issues.
Agreement in place
It’s said Liverpool have already agreed to finance part of Balotelli’s £100,000-a-week wages - the exact figure is unclear - and Milan are incredibly keen on taking the misfiring forward back to the San Siro.
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A consequence is that the Anfield outfit’s next deal is on the horizon, with Rodgers having already made it clear to Balotelli that he does not feature in his plans for this season.
Balotelli on the move
Following his four-goal debut campaign on Merseyside the ex-Manchester City star has been made to train alone with Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique, offering an insight into what category he falls into in Rodgers’ view.
Of course a return to Italy might be what’s needed to revive his ailing career - he bagged 18 goals across all competitions during his last season with Milan - and that should be enough to ensure he pushes for a move if there’s on the table.
Permanent deal on?
In any case the Reds appear keen to make the deal permanent at some point down the line if possible.
Another inclusion in Gazzetta’s report is that they are holding out for a clause in the loan contract that means Milan may have to purchase him outright come next summer, though the Italian’s have yet to agree on that staple.
Liverpool fans, how disappointed are you with Balotelli at Anfield? is it right that Rodgers wants him gone? Let us know in the comments box below.