Mario Balotelli wants to leave AC Milan according to his agent, with Chelsea amongst the clubs chasing his signature.
The Italian striker joined Milan in January from Manchester City in a deal worth around £19 million and has scored 18 goals in 25 Serie A appearances to date.
However reports surfaced last week that AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi had had enough of his antics and wanted to sell him - forcing the Italian club to issue a statement denying those claims.
“AC Milan deny absolutely and with strength the declarations that would have been referred to the Milan president about an unthinkable collocation of Mario Balotelli on the market,” the statement read.
“Mario Balotelli is and remains a Milan player.”
Now it appears as though Balotelli could be attempting to force his way out after his agent was quoted as saying that he wanted to leave the San Siro in January - with Chelsea a possible destination.
“Mario wants to leave Milan in January,” Mino Raiola is quoted as saying by The National.
“I don’t know where he will go, but we will look at different options.
“Chelsea is an option, but there have been no real offers and I cannot say anything.”
According to the paper, Balotelli is on holiday in Dubai, where Chelsea officials are also present to attend the Globe Soccer Conference.
Whether the former Manchester City man would be open to a move to the Premier League is unclear, while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who worked with Balotelli at Inter Milan, may not be willing to take on the striker and the baggage that comes with him as his side challenge for the Premier League title.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the accuracy of the quotes, with the Daily Telegraph's Matt Law claiming to have spoken to Raiola, who denies suggesting Balotelli could leave AC Milan.