Sunday April 24 2016
Milan ask Liverpool for Balotelli

Milan will meet with Liverpool to keep Mario Balotelli, either on a permanent basis or on an extended loan.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, the club is increasingly convinced that SuperMario has changed and deserves to remain at San Siro.

“What I want is certainly to stay at Milan,” he told Mediaset Premium last week.

“I was not happy at Liverpool and I do not want to go back there.

I feel in good shape physically at last and am relaxed. Besides, Milan have the money!” he laughed.

He scored only one Serie A goal this season, but spent months on the sidelines after surgery for a persistent sports hernia problem.

The 25-year-old impressed with his work-rate and commitment in recent outings and has three games to make his mark, including the Coppa Italia Final against Juventus on May 21.

Balo won’t be available for tomorrow’s trip to Verona, as he is suspended, but La Gazzetta notes at least this time he got the yellow card for excessive enthusiasm when trying to score and not for losing his temper.

He was booked in the 0-0 draw with Carpi for diving on to a loose ball, accidentally colliding with goalkeeper Vid Belec.

The meeting with Liverpool is set for the end of the season and Milan have several different options.

They are boosted by the fact Jurgen Klopp does not particularly want Balotelli back at Anfield.

The Rossoneri could ask to extend the loan by another season or try to buy him outright, but that would involve Balo significantly lowering his wages.

It’s still a great deal for Milan, who sold Balotelli to Liverpool for €20m in August 2014 only to bring him back on loan a year later.

Now they could buy the striker for a third of his sale price.