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Mancini wants Balotelli, but Inter will only sell if they get Tevez...

Manchester City have upscaled their interest in Mario Balotelli by faxing Inter an initial €24 million offer, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Roberto Mancini is hopeful he can land the 19-year-old Italian hitman, but in return, the Nerazzurri want Carlos Tevez who is admired by Rafael Benitez.

However, Mancini is not prepared to sell the Argentinean hot-shot, leaving Inter to keep a strong hold on Balotelli.

It seems the Italians will only sell their man if City guarantee they will get Tevez.

Despite the report, Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola said the Citizens have not made any official contact with him, but was unable to confirm whether Inter had received an offer.

"No-one from City has contacted me and I have never spoken with any directors from the English club. If they want Balotelli, they will let me know about it."

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