Italian job: AC Milan line up move for Liverpool striker Carroll… but only on loan
23:15 GMT, 8 July 2012
Italian giants AC Milan are weighing up a loan move for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll.
The strikers’ name came up when the two clubs were talking about midfielder Alberto Aquilani return to Merseyside following a year in Milan.
The son of Milan president and former Italian Prime Mininster Silvio Berlusconi – Pier Silvio – is understood to be a fan of the ex-Newcastle man following his performances at Euro 2012.
Loan move: Andy Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev
He is reported as saying in The Sun: 'This is a new era for Milan.
'We will continue to get younger while maintaining the culture.
'Milan still has its superstars but I’d like to have Carroll at Milan. I was impressed with his strength and his headed goal against Sweden.'
According to reports in Italy, Berlusconi is ‘seriously considering’ taking his son’s advice, especially as Carroll might not feature highly in new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ plans for this season.
However one story carried on the website of a TV channel owned by media tycoon Berlusconi Jnr hinted that Carroll’s 35million price-tag would make a permanent move unlikely at this stage.
Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll
Swapping kits Carroll could play in the famous red and black next season
Due to the economic crisis it is thought that any deal would be a loan to begin with and then possibly a permanent one once the San Siro club can sell on Brazilian star Robinho.
The Rossoneri have lost a host of big names this summer with Filippo Inzaghi, 38, Clarence Seedorf, 36, Mark van Bommel, 35, and 34-year-old Gennaro Gattuso all leaving on free transfers.
Former England striker Mark Hateley, who played for Milan for 3 years in the mid-80s believes that a move to Italy would be perfect for Carroll.
‘It would be breath of fresh air for Andy Carroll,' he told talkSPORT recently.
‘It would be great to go away and test himself in a new environment, a new culture and a different way of living.
‘That was key for my development when I was so young.
'They teach you the game inside and out, that’s what they do in these countries, especially Italy. Big strikers have always been a handful. It would be great for Andy and…it’ll be great for England.
High jump: Carroll impressed for England against Sweden at Euro 2012
‘At his age you’re still very young and very raw. He’s got great strengths in his game already but he still has a lot of weaknesses.
‘They (Milan) can deconstruct his game and build it back up again to the way a European centre-forward should be.’