Liverpool are set to offload Mario Balotelli, having agreed a loan move with AC Milan, as the Serie A side hand the 25-year-old striker an escape route out of the Merseyside club.
Brendan Rodgers brought the Italian in last summer in the hope that he would supply some much needed goals, with star man Luis Suarez joining Barcelona. However, he did not live up to his expectations, and Liverpool are now happy to part ways with Balotelli, with Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge now their top picks for the forward position.
According to reports from the Italian media, Milan chief Sinisa Mihajlovic met with the troubled striker on Sunday to discuss a possible season-long loan deal, which was eventually confirmed on Monday evening. The move will be Balotelli’s second spell at the club that he supported as a child, having played for the Rossoneri prior to joining the Anfield side.
Famed for both his on-field and off-field antics, the former-Inter Milan forward found the back of the net just once in sixteen Premier League appearances for Liverpool last term, and with prolific Belgian Christian Benteke now on the Liverpool books, Balotelli’s lack of future at the club has been fairly clear for some time.
The switch back to Italy could be the perfect opportunity for the troubled striker to rekindle his once golden touch in front of goal, and finally live up to the heights that once saw him regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
Balotelli made it perfectly clear that AC Milan were his club many years ago, when he controversially wore Milan’s famous red and black stripes while playing for Milan’s other club, Inter, and if any club can inspire the 25-year-old to finally fulfil his massive potential, it’s them.
Milan will be hoping that the addition of Balotelli can help to revive the club’s lacklustre striking force and fire the club back in to Europe’s elite club competition, the Champions League. We can only hope that playing in back in a familiar ground, for a club that he himself worships, will help Balotelli to see his errors and correct his mistakes, but after years of failure, it is hard to see him turning his career around.