AC Milan coach Pippo Inzaghi is prepared to lose Mario Balotelli before the start of the season.

Inzaghi is reeling after yesterday's 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City in the US.

The rookie coach introduced Balotelli for the second-half and has been informed by management he can offload the striker if he can't find room for him. Tuttosport says Inzaghi wants to give Balotelli a month to prove himself before making a final decision.

However, Milan GM Adriano Galliani may push for a decision from Inzaghi sooner so to give them time to find a replacement striker signing.

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