AC Milan are considering making a sensational transfer offer to Manchester United this summer where they will use Mario Balotelli as bait to land Robin van Persie in a stunning swap deal.

According to SportMediaset, the Italian media outlet owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the San Siro club are keen to offload the controversial striker in the summer and see Van Persie as the perfect man to fire them bak into Europe. The report claims the Dutchman is unhappy at Old Trafford and Milan are hoping they can exploit this to their advantage come the summer.

Manchester United were dogged by reports earlier in the year that Van Persie was not pleased with his second season at the club and was considering leaving in the summer. However, this was attributed to him being distinctly unimpressed with the methods of Sir Alex Ferguson's successor David Moyes, which is no longer an issue.

Moyes was sacked on Tuesday last week after the humiliating defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, a match that Van Persie was forced to watch from the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in the win over Olympiacos in the Champions League. The injury could keep him out for the rest of the season but him leaving in the summer now looks less likely, especially if the current favourite to get the Manchester United job is appointed.

Louis van Gaal and Van Persie have forged a good relationship since the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager took over the Netherlands team and made the 30-year-old his leading striker. There have even been reports claiming Manchester United have agreed a three-year deal with Van Gaal to take over at Old Trafford after leading Holland to the World Cup this summer.

SportMediaset claim the Rossoneri are keen to offload Balotelli, but there is no obvious reason as to why they want to as he has been their standout player so far this season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions. Manchester United may not be too keen on swapping their leading centre-forward for a former Manchester City star who was sold because of persistent disciplinary issues, though there is no doubting his talent.

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