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The move is still on, says Mino Raiola...

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has not demanded astronomical salary from Manchester City in order to complete the move to the ambitious Premier League club, his agent has claimed, thereby dismissing rumours that the deal could be off.

Media reports on Wednesday had claimed that Balotelli, who will turn 20 next week, is demanding £180,000-a-week plus image rights to join City. It was also reported that this is likely to scare off the Citizens and that the deal could be called off.

However, Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has now attempted to play down those reports claiming his client is not asking for a massive salary.

He told Sky Sport 24,
"It's not true what was written in the British tabloids. I would be preoccupied for the next five years of my life if I respond to such things in the tabloids.

"Mario has never asked for anything because he's a guy who isn't only interested in money.

"We (agent and Balotelli) have no problems with City nor Inter. We have made an important step forward, but at the table all three parties must be happy."

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Raiola hinted that, while matters between Balotelli and the Blues are not completely settled, what is really holding up proceedings is disagreement between Inter and City.

"Something's missing between us and Inter, but I am positive that we can solve this problem, and then it's down to Inter to be pleased," he said.

"The difference in valuation between Manchester City and Inter, that's more of a problem."

Raiola has also indicated that Balotelli will have other options should his move to Man City be eventually called off, although he deems this unlikely.

"Other clubs? There are even Italian ones interested, but Manchester City are our first choice," claimed Raiola.


Balotelli is currently with the Inter squad in Dallas ahead of this evening's friendly at Pizza Hut Park, during which he may take part after returning to training yesterday.

Raiola argues that the continued transfer rumours are taking their toll on the youngster.

"His passion is playing football, so what I read in the tabloids is just a load of rubbish. I believe that eventually that will stop," he said.

"It can bother him, but he has to get used to the tabloids. Half the planet will speak out against him but the other half will love him."

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