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Agent says deal will happen, despite a minor hiccup in negotiations...

The message is clear from Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola: the striker is desperate to join Manchester City and he is working overtime to make it happen.

"Mario is anxious to find an agreement," Raiola told Sky Sport Italia as he returned to Milan from Manchester following the latest round of talks with City.

"While there is hope there is life. Mario is tranquil, but anxious to reach the agreement. This is normal for a 19-year-old. We are working and hoping."

Reports claimed negotiations were choked over Balotelli's wage demands. La Gazzetta dello Sport believes City are offering €3.5 million per annum, but the striker wants at least €3.8m.

There are no problems, it seems, between City and Inter, who have reportedly agreed a €30m transfer which could potentially rise to €35m with performance-related bonuses.

And it's only a matter of time until the move is concluded. As push comes to shove, Raiola is confident a deal will be rubber stamped.

"We are in a delicate phase of the deal, but I am continuing with my work. It could be long, but in the end it will be done," he added.

Some extreme reports claimed the deal was drowned and unable to resurface, but the reality is that Inter, City and Balotelli all hope for a positive conclusion.

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