Mario Balotelli is having a medical ahead of a proposed move to AC Milan. Negotiations between Liverpool and Milan moved swiftly on Monday after Sky Italia reported talks had taken place between the two clubs over a loan deal for the former Inter and Manchester City striker.

Balotelli has endured a miserable spell at Liverpool since joining the club in a £16m deal from Milan last summer. The Italy international scored just one goal in 16 Barclays Premier League appearances for The Reds last term and has not featured at all for Liverpool this season.

Balotelli was left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia and has been training away from the first team in recent weeks. Liverpool signed three forwards over the summer in Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, while Divock Origi has arrived at Anfield after a year on loan at Lille.

Manager Bendan Rodgers refused to be drawn on Balotelli’s future after the goalless draw against Arsenal on Monday Night Football when asked whether the Italian was on the verge of returning to AC Milan.

“There’s nothing to add really on any transfers, there’s nothing for me to say,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.