Mario Balotelli is expected to be sold by Manchester City next month after the controversial striker enlisted the Premier League in a bid to overturn a £340,000 fine for on-field indiscipline, reports The Times.
The 22-year-old missed 11 of the club's 54 competitive matches last season, equating to more than 20 per cent, which prompted the reigning Premier League champions to fine the Italian two-weeks wages - the maximum punishment available to them - when handing out a misconduct charge.
And, after Balotelli's appeal to an independent panel of the club's board was rejected, he has now turned to the Premier League, where he will face a tribunal in London on Wednesday, as he attempts to resolve the situation.
Manchester City are eager to draw a line under the whole debacle, preferably before the transfer window reopens in January, in the hope that they can offload the Italian international, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in a £23million deal in August 2010.
AC Milan and Inter Milan are both believed to be monitoring Balotelli's situation with a view to taking him back to the San Siro, despite the fact he still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract in England.
However, with his value and reputation damaged by indifferent form and a number of off-field indiscretions, Balotelli's future might be better served away from the Premier League, with a return to his homeland seemingly the most favourable option.