Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out becoming the next manager of AC Milan.
Mancini was questioned over the possibility of the rule during an interview with Fox Sports and wouldn’t rule out a return to Serie A, albeit with the red half of Milan and not his former club Inter.
It’s a move which could pay off for Arsenal and Chelsea, with both clubs having a reported interest in signing the £25 million rated Mario Balotelli.
Balotelli and Mancini have a past, often involved in arguments both on and off the pitch which eventually forced the sale of the Italian away from Manchester City when Mancini was in charge.
Two of the most famous incidents between the pair are when Mancini tried to manhandle the striker in a training ground incident and when he instantly subbed the forward during a game after he tried to score with an elaborate back heel.
“When you have a player that has Mario's quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window. It is incredible,” Mancini once told Sky Sports News about Balotelli.
Milan are enduring a miserable season, currently 12th in the table which could see Clarence Seedorf replaced in the summer with the club looking to appoint a high profile and more experienced coach to drag the side away from their current position.
Seedorf has only just been appointed on a contract which currently expires in 2016 but the 37-year-old has shown little sign of improving the side after the end to the Allegri era.
Should they replace the Dutchman with Mancini, Arsenal and Chelsea have the green light to make big money moves for Balotelli which could come off.
Mancini should be willing to part with a player he simply doesn’t get on with if Milan are offered the right sort of cash, especially considering they won’t have Champions League football next season.
Balotelli could also be seriously tempted in a move which allows him to live in the English capital on a very good pay package, playing top flight Premier League and European football.
It’s possible one of the London clubs may just pull it off.