Man City willing to sell Balotelli to fund De Rossi move

Mario Balotelli could be set for a return to Italian football after Manchester City made the striker available for transfer, according to the Daily Telegraph. Milan are said to be interested in Balotelli, while City would use the money received for him to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

The Telegraph claims City turned down an offer of £40m for Balotelli from Paris Saint-Germain over the summer but manager Roberto Mancini has come to regret that decision, tiring as he has of Balotelli’s lack of work ethic and resultant poor performances. Mancini is thought to be ready to wash his hands of a player he first worked with at previous club Inter.

If Balotelli does leave for Milan then Mancini would turn to John Guidetti, the young Swedish forward who impressed on loan at Feyenoord last season, to bolster his team’s strike force. City would also put Balotelli’s transfer fee towards a renewed push for De Rossi, although the Telegraph claim that Milan would need to sell forward Alexandre Pato before they can consider signing a player of Balotelli’s expense.

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