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Manchester United are determined to go head to head with Manchester City and match any bid for Inter striker Mario Balotelli, according to Sky Sports Italia.

Balotelli, 19, is rated as the hottest talent in Italian football despite regularly getting into trouble with ex-head coach Jose Mourinho. His agent, Mino Raiola, recently confirmed the Citizens had made an offer for the player and United are determined to stop them having a clear run at him.

The Old Trafford outfit are reported to have made contact with the Inter hierarchy and told them of their intention to go toe-to-toe with neighbours. Although Balotelli has declared his intention to stay with the club despite eyeing a future move to England, the offer of Champions League could tip the balance in United's favour.

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