Mario Balotelli is set to return to Liverpool, in the short term at least, with AC Milan unwilling to make his loan a permanent deal.
Balotelli moved back to Milan on a season-long loan last year after failing to impress in Merseyside, scoring just one Premier League goal following a £16million switch from the San Siro in August 2014.
However, his second stint with Milan has proved similarly unproductive as he has only managed to find the back of the net once in 20 league appearances, and that was last September in a 3-2 win at Udinese.
The 25-year-old did start Milan’s last two league matches, leading to suggestions he could remain with the club, although honourary president Silvio Berlusconi has signalled the former Manchester City striker will be heading back to Anfield.
In quotes published by Gazzetta dello Sport, Berlusconi said: “There will be many departures because players such as Alex, [Philippe] Mexes, [Kevin-Prince] Boateng and Balotelli are at the end of their contracts.”
Balotelli, who was left out of Italy’s Euro 2016 squad, admitted last month that he would be reluctant to link up with the Reds once more and a permanent move away beckons.
“In terms of my future I want to stay with Milan because I was not happy at Liverpool and don’t want to go back,” he said.
Clubs in China, USA and the UAE are all said to be keen on the frontman who looks unlikely to have any sort of future at Anfield under current boss Jurgen Klopp.