Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly set to see AC Milan opt against signing him in a permanent deal in the summer.
The Italian striker initially impressed on his return to Serie A at the start of the season, but a troublesome groin injury sidelined him in September.
Having only made his comeback just last week in the Coppa Italia win over Alessandria, a game in which Balotelli scored the only goal to hand his side the advantage, it remains to be seen whether or not he can impress coach Sinisa Mihajlovic enough in the coming months to earn a new deal.
While the Serbian tactician has already revealed that the 25-year-old will not be involved against Inter in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina, La Stampa believe that the former Nerazzurri starlet will be leaving in the summer, as reported by Football Italia.
The Rossoneri have the option to sign him outright at the end of the campaign, but reports suggest that Balotelli is likely to return to Anfield.
In turn, it remains to be seen whether or not the Italian international has a future on Merseyside, as he will have to impress Jurgen Klopp to prove that he can be useful to the German tactician.
Balotelli has made just seven appearances in all competitions and has scored just two goals, and although there were early signs of maturity and an improvement in his attitude, the latest talk is unlikely to boost his confidence.