Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's three-year deal at hometown club Brescia is set to be terminated following his repeated absence from training.
According to a report in Sky Sports, Balotelli has been involved in a bitter bust-up with club president Massimo Cellino as he has been deserting the Serie A team's return to training after coronavirus restrictions in Italy were eased at the start of May.
The club offered the 29-year-old a consensual termination of his contract, but he rejected the proposal and his lawyer has now received a letter confirming that the player's employment at the club is set to be terminated.
Balotelli has reportedly missed a number of training sessions and in May, he was told to train on his own after failing a series of physical tests to which he had been subjected, and from thereon the situation escalated with each passing day.
He had joined Brescia last summer but has scored just five times in 19 matches for the club.
Meanwhile, Serie A has announced that each team will have five substitutions per game for the rest of the season which begins on June 20 after the COVID-19 shutdown.