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The Nerazzurri patron hopes the deal will be concluded shortly...

The Mario Balotelli-to-Manchester City saga is set to come to an end on Monday, according to Inter president Massimo Moratti. Both parties hope to conclude a deal for the mercurial Nerazzurri striker at the beginning of next week.

Mino Raiola and one of Balotelli's lawyers have been busy negotiating with City's top brass and the deal looks to be finalised sooner rather than later. Moratti verified that a meeting will indeed take place on Monday and hopes all parties will end up satisfied with the result.

"We will return to the negotiating table on Monday," the patron said, according to Sky Sport 24. "It's necessary that all three parties are happy when the talks have been concluded."

Meanwhile, Inter are currently on a pre-season tour of North America and are fittingly set to face Manchester City in Baltimore this weekend. The Rafael Benitez era will kick off for the Beneamata and the Spanish tactician spoke about the Balotelli situation along with the speculation surrounding Maicon.

"We don't control the transfer market," he said. "We are only thinking about training at the moment but incoming quality players are always welcome."

Benitez is also eager for the Serie A season to start and is relishing the challenge of defending all the silverware that Inter won in the last campaign.

"It's hard for me to take over a team that won everything last season but I see that the players are working hard and are still hungry for success."

Inter will also make pit stops in Baltimore, Toronto and Dallas on their North American tour.

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