By Romeo Agresti
Juventus have told Mino Raiola, the agent of Manchester City attacker Mario Balotelli, that they are not interested in signing the Italy international, Goal.com has learned.
The 21-year-old's future at the Premier League leaders is in limbo after a number of incidents throughout the 2011-12 campaign, and it is understood that City manager Roberto Mancini would be willing to sell the controversial forward should the club receive a suitable offer for the player in the summer transfer window.
The former Inter star has stressed that he intends to stay at the Etihad Stadium, but Raiola is already exploring the possibility of a return to Serie A at the end of the current campaign for his client.
Nevertheless, Juventus have told Raiola that they have no intention of trying to lure Balotelli away from his City.
Juve are keen to add a high-profile name to their attack ahead of next season, but they fear that the City star's presence would disrupt harmony in the dressing room.
The Old Lady are not the only option for Raiola, though, as he attempts to find his client a new club in the Italian top flight.
Balotelli has also been linked with a return to his former club Inter, while AC Milan continue to keep a close eye on the Italy international's movements.
Milan vice-president and CEO Adriano Galliani is a keen admirer of the young attacker, and could opt to make a move for Balotelli if the price is right.