Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has revealed "all doors remain open", suggesting Manchester City have no guarantee that they will sign the Inter striker, despite reports claiming they are ready to raise the stakes.
Inter admitted City's interest on Friday when president Massimo Moratti said he thought he knew of the Premier League club's movements, and club sources said an initial offer was made but subsequently rejected.
The Citizens are favourites to land the hitman, but Raiola failed to spell out where the axe will fall.
His cautious approach suggests negotiations between City and Inter are ongoing, but when probed on whether Manchester United or Chelsea were chasing he told Sky Sport Italia: "His future won't be decided today, we are moving calmly.
"I don't really want to say more on Balotelli, but all the doors remain open. My job is to listen to offers.
"Which club is most interested? I cannot say this, it's not down to me to reveal who is interested. All the roads are open."
Raiola also asked whether Giancarlo Abete had resigned from his post as president of the Italian FA.
"Has Abete quit yet? Has he?" Raiola asked.
The agent's question was a follow-up to Friday's interview in which he said Balotelli would leave Inter unless Abete resigned.
That was a response to the FIGC's limits on foreign quotas.