Mario Balotelli is set to sign for Serie B club AC Monza on a deal until the end of the season, according to Sky in Italy.
The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker has been a free agent since leaving Brescia after their relegation to Italian football’s second tier last term.
Balotelli, who won the Premier League title with City in 2012 after achieving three Serie A titles with Inter Milan, had his contract with his hometown side Brescia terminated because he repeatedly missed training sessions in June and July.
Rumours earlier this week claimed he was close to signing with Brazilian outfit Vasco Da Gama. Barnsley also made an enquiry about the former Italy striker last month.
The 30-year-old will undergo a medical with Monza today.
In June, the Italian Football Federation curtailed the Serie C season and Monza secured their first promotion to Serie B in 20 years with a dominating campaign which saw them crowned group A champions with a 16-point margin.
The club is owned by former AC Milan president and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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