Manchester City hope AC Milan will take Balotelli

Manchester City is convinced that AC Milan is going to take a formal interest in Mario Balotelli this month. Manager Roberto Mancini is losing his patience with the 22-year-old, who he signed in July 2010 from Inter Milan for £24 million, and now the club is ready to sell him in the transfer window is they get an offer around £20 million. At the same time, Inter Milan has shown some interest in the striker, and a loan deal is possible if City indicates a move may be authorised.

AC Milan have been interested in Balotelli for a long time, and chief executive Adriano Galliani hasn’t kept his admiration secret. However, Italian club owner Silvio Berlusconi has described the football player as a “rotten apple”. Earlier this week he seemed to rule out a move, saying that the striker’s name hadn’t come to mind. He added that Balotelli could infect whoever he plays with, including AC Milan.

Despite this, senior Manchester City officials believe the Italian club still has a strong interest in the footballer and that a formal deal could be made if ex-City striker Robinho moves back to Brazil. Even though AC Milan says Robinho won’t be permitted to return to Brazil with Pato, the striker is determined to go back in the run-up to the World Cup next year. A counter offer has been made for the player from Flamengo, while he’s made it clear that he wants to leave.