Mario Balotelli may have played his final game for Liverpool after flying to Italy to hold talks with former club AC Milan over a surprise return to the San Siro.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who understand that Balotelli flew to Milan on Saturday to hold talks with Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Milan sold Balotelli to Liverpool 12 months ago for £16 million, but the Italy international’s spell at Anfield has been an unmitigated disaster. Brendan Rodgers has subsequently informed the 25-year-old that he is free to leave the club before the transfer window closes on September 1.
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Balotelli’s reputation as a footballer has been tarnished over the past year. Big things were expected from the ex-Manchester City star upon his arrival at Anfield - but a pitiful four goals in 28 appearances for the Merseyside outfit has left the striker facing an uncertain future.
His poor form and big wages means Liverpool are struggling to find a buyer for Balotelli - but AC Milan look set to take him back to the San Siro on a loan deal.
Balotelli can revive career at Milan
Mihajlovic is acutely aware of Balotelli’s talents, having worked alongside the striker while he was assistant coach to Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.
Balotelli scored 30 goals in 54 appearances during his two-season spell with Milan, the club he supports, and would be welcomed with open arms by the Rossoneri faithful.
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