Mario Balotelli scouted by Monaco ahead of summer exit

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli was the subject of a personal check from Monaco deal-broker Jorge Mendes last weekend, with Italian publication Calcio Mercato reporting that they expect the maverick forward to leave the San Siro this summer.

Balotelli has been unable to prevent Milan toiling during a miserable Serie A campaign, with new Rossoneri coach Clarence Seedorf unable to lift a struggling side into the top half of the table.

Milan's disappointments have not stopped Balotelli scoring though, with the Italian international star netting 17 goals in all competitions at a strike rate closing in on a goal every two games.

The 23-year-old would have no shortage of suitors if Milan decide to sanction his sale and spend the money on other areas of the the team, with Monaco the latest club to show a genuine interest in his services.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea have both been strongly linked with a big-money move for one of the world's best young forwards, but Monaco appear to be in pole position after sending Mendes to watch Milan face Chievo Verona.

Portuguese agent Mendes has previously brokered massive deals for Monaco, including last summer's swoops for Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez at a combined cost of £59.9m.

With a star client list stretching right across the continent Mendes is a man that top clubs have to deal with in order to secure the best talent, although despite a strong working relationship with Blues boss Jose Mourinho he has very much been the man in the middle for Monaco's lavish recent recruitment drive.

Monaco will be back in the Champions League next season and in a position to spend big during the close season, with Balotelli thought to be very much on their radar despite the presence of Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao.

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