Mario Balotelli is likely return to Liverpool as AC Milan Chief Executive, Adriano Galliani claimed the player is not meeting expectations. Galliani believes the 25-year old has much to do in the remainder of the campaign to convince Milan to make his deal permanent.
“We really like Mario, but he has to convince us to earn a permanent deal. Mario is feeling well. He is desperate to stay here at Milan. But like I have said before, he does not merit a permanent deal at the moment.”
Balotelli previously played for the Rossoneri in 2013 and 2014, scoring 30 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions before making a £16 million switch to Liverpool.
The Italy international who moved to Milan on a season-long loan deal last August, has not scored in Serie A for seven months, his only two goals have come in cup games against lower league opposition and unless he proves himself to be worthy of a permanent deal before the end of the season, he may have to return to Liverpool in the summer.
Meanwhile, reports has it that Liverpool could be in line to bring Fiorentina’s highly-rated attacking midfielder, Josip Ilicic to Anfield this summer. Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on the 28-year-old Slovenian international, who plays as a creative midfielder, but can also feature as a forward. Ilicic has scored 12 goals in 24 games from midfield for Fiorentina this season, prompting widespread speculation linking him with elite European clubs.
However, a stumbling block in the transfer negations will undoubtedly be Balotelli’s considerable wages, which Fiorentina are unlikely to be able to afford, but if the proposed switch does go ahead, Balotelli may have to take a pay-cut or Liverpool would have to pay a percentage of the Italian internationals wages up front.