Chelsea boss "in contact" with Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli's agent believes the Italian striker could move to Chelsea thanks to a good relationship between the player and Jose Mourinho.

Balotelli and Mourinho shared a spell at Inter Milan and reports on Monday suggested that the Chelsea boss was considering a €35m bid.

The former Manchester City striker scored 20 goals in the Premier League in a two and a half year spell at the Eithad that included a number of controversial incidents.

Roberto Mancini finally gave up on his compatriot in January, selling him to AC Milan for a reported fee of £19m.

Since moving from Eastlands to the San Siro, the 23-year-old has been a revelation, scoring 15 goals in 18 appearances.

Mourinho famously described Balotelli as "unmanageable" during their time together but the player's agent Mino Raiola says the pair maintain a good relationship and are in regular contact.

And it is because of this good relationship that Raiola believes a move to Stamford Bridge remains possible.

He told Italian reporters: "Jose Mourinho and Mario Balotelli at Chelsea? They have a good relationship and are in contact - the respect is mutual.

"If he can go to Chelsea? It may happen but Adriano Galliani obviously does not want this."

Chelsea currently have three strikers on their books in Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres but they have only scored two goals between them in the Premier League this season.

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