Manchester City talk with Juventus and Milan over Balotelli sale

Mario Balotelli has been flawless from the spot for City. Photo: PA

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has attracted firm interest from Juventus as well as long-time admirers AC Milan, it has emerged.

Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League champions have held talks with both Serie A clubs over the possible transfer of the controversial Italian.

But City are not actively seeking to sell the 22-year-old and will only allow him to leave the Etihad Stadium if they receive an offer that matches their valuation.

Discussions were initiated by the Italian clubs and it now remains to be seen if either can push through a deal before Thursday's deadline.

Speculation in Italy has suggested Milan are prepared to pay around £20million plus add-ons but no offer has yet been accepted.

Previous reports have claimed City value Balotelli at around £28million but there has been no confirmation of this.

Balotelli cost £24million when he signed from Inter Milan in August 2010.

Contrary to some reports, Balotelli has travelled with the City squad to London for Tuesday's Premier League game at QPR.

The forward is in contention to play having overcome the virus which kept him out of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke.

Yet whether or not he features, his future is likely to be a subject raised in the aftermath of events at Loftus Road as the transfer window enters its final 48 hours.

Manager Roberto Mancini has been fiercely loyal to his former Inter protege throughout his colourful spell at the club and he recently said he still has big plans for the player.

But that did not stop the rumours linking him with Milan, which have intensified as the deadline has approached.

A more immediate concern for Mancini is his defensive line to face bottom side QPR.

Captain Vincent Kompany is missing after limping off with a calf strain in the first half at the Britannia Stadium.

Kompany is also doubtful for Sunday's home clash with Liverpool and, with the centre-back having been troubled by similar injuries in the past, there is a worry over his long-term fitness.

First-team coach David Platt said: "It is a concern that it's not a fresh injury. The calf is the strangest muscle - there is probably more re-occurrence than with hamstrings, groins and things like that.

"And it has happened on a couple of occasions, but the concern is to make sure we clear the problem and that is what we will be working through."

With Kolo Toure at the African Nations Cup, City are hoping Matija Nastasic can overcome a minor knee problem to return alongside Joleon Lescott at the back.

Should the Serbian also be ruled out, alternatives include 18-year-old Karim Rekik, midfielders Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell or playing a three-man defence. With leaders Manchester United not in action until Wednesday, City can apply pressure to their rivals by cutting their lead at the top of the table to two points with victory over Harry Redknapp's side.