Having agreed to a €3.5 million a year wage deal for Balotelli, City are now hoping to obtain a discount on the transfer fee, reports Sky Sport Italia...Inter and Manchester City in the deal for Mario Balotelli after the player agreed personal terms. And now it's down to the clubs to agree on a new transfer fee: €26 million plus bonuses.
Sky Sport Italia reports Mino Raiola, the player's agent, and a lawyer working on Balotelli's behalf met with Inter director Marco Branca.
Raiola informed the transfer director that his client has agreed personal terms with City, believed to be worth €3.5m per annum over five years.
However, City have changed strategy, and they are offering Inter a lower transfer fee.
Previous reports suggested the clubs had agreed on €30m plus bonuses which could take the deal up to €35m in total.
Now City are offering €26m plus bonuses, €4m shy of what Inter were hoping to receive.
But despite the latest change, voices from the Nerazzurri camp are optimistic and a deal should be concluded within days once Inter agree on a final closing fee with City.
Earlier Raiola said he was "hopeful and working towards closing a deal with City".