Liverpool might have hoped Mario Balotelli would re-discover his best form this season for AC Milan, but the opposite has happened.
The Italian has scored just one Serie A goal, and their chances of offloading the £16 million flop look difficult.
A meeting took place yesterday at AC Milan regarding the striker's future, Tuttomercatoweb report, citing Sky Italia.
Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola was present, with all sides keen to work out what happens next regarding the striker.
Tuttomercatoweb report that Balotelli signing with AC Milan permanently is unlikely, but suggest while he will head back to Liverpool this summer, he is not expected to be kept by the Anfield side.
The problem for Liverpool is going to be finding a buyer. Balotelli appears to have burned bridges with both Milan sides, while top clubs like Juventus, Napoli or Roma would not want to touch him because the negatives outweigh the positives, certainly on the basis of his form over the past two seasons.
It remains to be seen whether a mid-table club like a Sampdoria or Udinese would be willing to take a chance, or even able to pay his wages.
Liverpool's best option would be to hope Balotelli can be convinced to join the Chinese Super League, and recover their transfer fee, but whether this is a move he is willing to make at this stage of his career is another matter.