Milan have denied receiving any offers for Mario Balotelli amid reports that Liverpool had lodged a £17.5m bid for the Italy striker.
Adriano Galliani, Milan’s vice-president, responding to reports suggesting that Liverpool had made Balotelli their main target to replace Luis Suárez, said: “At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli. Therefore, there is no negotiation. We will see as the transfer market ends on 1 September.”
Balotelli played almost three seasons at Manchester City before being sold to Milan for £17m in January 2013. He scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for them last season but the Rossoneri finished a disappointing eighth and will not play in Europe this season.
The 24-year-old, who is under contract until June 2017, has repeatedly been linked with a move from San Siro this summer. He scored one goal in three appearances for Italy at the World Cup in Brazil.