Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

The AC Milan star has been heavily linked with a move away from AC Milan, with Corriere dello Sport claiming last week that he could make a €30million move to west London.

However, Adriano Galliani has dismissed the speculation, insisting the 23-year-old will remain at the San Siro as the club’s number one option up-front.

He was unclear on whether the former Manchester City star had held a private meeting with Massimiliano Allegri however, admitting the player had recently arrived early for training.

"I don't know anything about it. Training was at 11:30, he got there before 11. I don't know what time they were supposed to meet up - you'll have to ask the coach,” the vice-president said, according to Sky Sports.

"Is Balotelli unhappy? He will stay, I'm 101 per cent certain about that. He's our centre-forward, it's just one of those moments."

The news will be a blow to Chelsea, whose strikers have struggled in-front of goal this season.

Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all struggled to make the position their own, with manager Jose Mourinho rotating his strikers on a regular basis at Stamford Bridge this term.

Balotelli could have been the answer, but the Chelsea boss will now have to look elsewhere if he wants to bring a striker to the club in January.

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