Report: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli flies back to Milan ahead of potential loan switch

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a return to AC Milan.

According to Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli could be set for an astonishing return to AC Milan after meeting up with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

The Italy international striker only joined Liverpool from Milan 12 months ago, but a poor debut campaign on Merseyside has prompted talks over a summer exit.

With two games into the new campaign, Balotelli’s future with the Reds looks ever more distant as manager Brendan Rodgers has left him out of the match-day squad on both occasions.

The summer arrivals of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino – plus the return of the previously loaned out Divock Origi – has clearly pushed the Balotelli out of the picture.

And according to a new report in Italy, he could be set for a swift exit from Anfield altogether as the possibility of a return to Milan has cropped up.

“On Saturday the striker met with coach Mihajlovic, who already worked with him at Inter, in Florence to see if there are the conditions for a deal,” Gianluca di Marzio states.


According to Gianluca di Marzio, a Balotelli-Milan reunion could be completed on the basis of a free loan with the player said to be keen on a return to the San Siro.

However, the Serie A giants reportedly still harbour ambitions of luring back Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain with the striker having just one year left on his contract.

With Balotelli having little else left to offer the Reds, loaning him out would be an ideal option for the club as can at least save on some of his wages and a successful spell could see his potential value increase.

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