Roberto Mancini has lost patience with Mario Balotelli and could be willing to listen to offers for him, according to reports.
The Manchester City boss admitted that he was not happy with the controversial Italian hitman following Saturday's 3-3 draw against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium, despite the fact that he scored two goals as the side came back from 3-1 down to snatch a late point.
After seeing his side fail to win and move level on points with league leaders Manchester United, who could go five clear of them with a victory at Blackburn on Monday evening, Mancini told reporters: "He didn't play well. "
"We had only Carlos [Tevez] on the bench. I thought about this after five minutes. In the end he scored two goals, but..."
It appears that Balotelli's antics and lack of discipline on and off the pitch are a growing concern for Mancini and he is now at the end of his tether.
As a result The Telegraph suggests that City will make the player available for sale in the summer transfer window with former club Inter Milan and rivals AC Milan amongst the big clubs who are reportedly willing to take him back to his homeland.
Mancini had to stick with Balotelli on Saturday as Sergio Aguero was sidelined due to a foot injury the coach described as 'stupid' on Friday.
However, following the Black Cats' match, he admitted that the Argentinian had reacted badly to a pain-killing spray used on the injury he picked up in the recent win against Chelsea.
Mancini felt City's inability to defeat Sunderland was largely down to Aguero's absence and he hopes to have him back for next Sunday's trip to Arsenal.