AC Milan loanee Alberto Aquilani could yet return to parent club Liverpool this summer with the Serie A side still to agree a permanent deal for the Italian.
The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan in Italy following his £20 million move from Roma to Anfield in 2009, and contractually will complete a move to the San Siro should he make 25 appearances this season.
However, having only made 22, and with Aquilani's injury problems currently affecting his ability to regain his place in the Milan side, the deal is on the brink of collapsing meaning a return to Liverpool could be in the offing.
"I don't know if AC Milan want to buy him. We must still wait," Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia told gazzettagiallorossa.it.
"Alberto has recovered from injury and is back at the disposal of the coach. He is only three games short of the automatic right to buy."
Aquilani made 26 appearances during his one and only season at Liverpool after being signed by Rafa Benitez as a replacement for Spaniard Xabi Alonso.
Since, the former Roma man has returned to Italy in consecutive seasons, spending last term with Juventus prior to his move to the San Siro last summer.
Despite injury problems affecting his recent opportunities, Aquilani would prefer to stay in Milan.
"I couldn't be better treated. I feel healed. You can't say I'm injured," the Italy international said.
"AC Milan were great. They took me to a Dutch specialist and most of all they have advised me well."
"I like Liverpool, but Milan are at the top"
Milan and Liverpool have endured contrasting fortunes this season, with the Rossoneri three points off leaders Juventus, while their Premier League counterparts have reached two domestic cup finals, but failed in their attempts to qualify for the Champions League.