Mario Balotelli could make a return to the Premier League in the summer, but the Etihad isn't a likely destination for the controversial striker.
Balotelli left Manchester City 16 months ago to join AC Milan for a cut-price £20 million, and as part of the deal the champions have first refusal if he does leave the San Siro.
But City are not expected to activate the buy-back clause and that has put the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal on red alert.
Both clubs are targeting a centre-forward and have been approached to see whether they are genuinely interested in a player who often finds himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
However the Italian - who will led the Azzuri attack when Italy face England in their opening World Cup group game on June 14th - insisted when he left City that they were the only English club he'd play for.
The 23 year-old cited homesickness as his reason for returning to his native country and he has performed well with Milan, but he is understood to have become disillusioned with the racism he is forced to endure from supporters.
He was the subject of monkey taunts from Roma fans last year and warned if it happened again he would walk off the pitch.
Now it seems as though he is ready to quit Milan, who will ask for at least £30 million for the striker.