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Negotiations continue in massive transfer talks...

The next several hours are set to be decisive in relation to Mario Balotelli's and Maicon's futures as Inter, Manchester City and Real Madrid fire up more talks.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims the crucial phase of both prospective transfers has kicked off and the idea for all involved in the deal is to reach a comprehensive agreement and close deals, but the clubs are at odds over fees as negotiations reach a tension point.

City, Inter and Mario Balotelli's agent are expected to meet again in Milan to realign a deal. It seems all parties were unyielding over the transfer fee during Monday's meeting. So far, City are reportedly offering €26 million, whereas Inter insist on €30m.

But on Tuesday Massimo Moratti indicated that his club have many important players, suggesting he is resigned to losing Balotelli. All that remains for this deal to be concluded is the nod and wink from Inter director Marco Branca once he resolves the fees issue - the heart of the problems thus far.

For Maicon meanwhile, AS reports his agent Antonio Caliendo is still in Spain, but failed to specify whether his journey there was in relation to talks with Real Madrid.

The Blancos are in no mood to unclench their fists over Maicon's €7m wage demands and Caliendo is getting angry with the Spanish side. Around the table all bases have been covered in the sense that Madrid have an agreement with Inter over a fee, but they are struggling to reach a consensus with the player.

Caliendo's stance suggests Maicon could end up staying at Inter, despite his eager push to join Jose Mourinho.

"Maicon has another three years on his contract and Inter intend to respect it. Once Inter and Real Madrid come together then we will say our thing," he said.

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