AC Milan are hoping to convince Liverpool into accepting a 'loan now, pay later' type deal for Alberto Aquilani.
After being given the green light to sign the 27-year-old midfielder by Silvio Berlusconi, the Serie A champions wasted no time on Monday in meeting his agent Franco Zavaglia to lay down the initial terms.
Sky Sport Italia now reports Milan have offered to take Aquilani on loan for free until June 2012 and then buy him at €6 million.
It seems the Reds would have no problem agreeing such a deal, aware of the player's desire to return to Serie A following a season on loan with Juventus.
However, Liverpool want a clause added to the deal which stipulates Milan will be obliged to buy the Italy international if he makes more than 20 appearances.
On Sunday, Berlusconi said Aquilani is the "right one" for his club as they look to bolster their midfield.