Goal.com Special: Mario Balotelli's Inter to Manchester City Transfer Saga - The Definitive Timeline

From first admission, to crunch meeting, to agreeing terms with City, to the official confirmation...
Friday, April 30

16:40: Agent Mino Raiola: Mario Balotelli won't stay at Inter if things continue like this
The Italy under-21 international has been left out of the team several times this season, clashing with coach Jose Mourinho, and his agent, Mino Raiola suggests that the teenager could leave the club at the end of the season if his situation does not improve.

Friday, May 12

: Manchester City plot swoop for Inter 'bad boy' Mario Balotelli - report
Balotelli emerges as a summer transfer target for Manchester City, according to a report from The Times.

Tuesday, May 25

: Mario Balotelli's Inter future has not been decided - agent
The agent of Inter striker Mario Balotelli says that his client's future will be up in the air until he meets with the Nerazzurri's directors.

Thursday, June 10

: Inter supremo Massimo Moratti welcomes Manchester City interest in Mario Balotelli
Inter president Massimo Moratti responsive as the Premier League outfit Manchester City reignite their interest in the forward.

Saturday, June 19

: Manchester City prepare £20m (€24m) offer for Inter striker Mario Balotelli - report
Manchester City upscale their interest in Mario Balotelli by faxing Inter an initial £20 million (€24m) offer, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Wednesday, June 30

: Manchester City & Arsenal ready to move for Inter striker Mario Balotelli - report
Manchester City and Arsenal are ready to entice Inter rebel Mario Balotelli with lucrative offers after he admitted his future in Milan is far from certain.

Wednesday, June 30

: Mario Balotelli can leave for £33.4m (€40m) - Inter president Massimo Moratti
Inter president Massimo Moratti tells the press that a bid of no less than €40m (£33.4m) would be required to prise teenage sensation Mario Balotelli away from the club.

Monday, July 5

: Agent reveals Manchester City offer but insists Mario Balotelli will stay at Inter
The agent of Inter striker Mario Balotelli confirms that an offer for the enigmatic striker has come in from Manchester City. But Mino Raiola is quick to point out that his client would not move to England.

Mario Balotelli | Considering his options

Tuesday, July 6

: Manchester United tell Inter they'll match Manchester City bid for Mario Balotelli - report
Manchester United are determined to go head-to-head with Manchester City and match any bid for Inter striker Mario Balotelli, according to Sky Sports Italia.

Thursday, July 8

: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tells friends Inter ace Mario Balotelli will be 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' - report
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to turn Inter's Mario Balotelli into Old Trafford's new Cristiano Ronaldo.

Friday, July 9

: Roberto Mancini confirms that Manchester City want Mario Balotelli 
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his club are definitely interested in bringing Mario Balotelli from Inter to Eastlands.

Monday, July 12

: Inter starlet Mario Balotelli no longer with the Italian Players Association - agent
Inter striker Mario Balotelli is no longer a part of the Italian Players Association (AIC), his agent reveals to the press.

Wednesday, July 14

: Chelsea set to submit £25m (€30m) offer for Inter striker Mario Balotelli - report
Chelsea are ready to submit a £25m (€30m) bid for Inter striker Mario Balotelli, according to internews.it.

Thursday, July 15

: Inter insist Premier League target Mario Balotelli is not for sale
Inter poacher Mario Balotelli is ready to ditch Serie A because of issues with the limits on non-EU players introduced by the Italian FA, suggests agent Mino Raiola.

Monday, July 16

: Inter president Massimo Moratti admits Manchester City are interested in Mario Balotelli but claims he is unaware of any offers
Inter president Massimo Moratti confirms Manchester City interest but quickly reveals that he has not been following the latest developments and has no knowledge that the Citizens have made a £20.85m (€25m) bid.

Saturday, July 17

: Manchester City & Manchester United face bidding war for £29m (€35m)-rated Inter striker Mario Balotelli - report
Eastlands outfit in battle with city rivals Manchester United for Balotelli, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Monday, July 19

: Mino Raiola confirms Mario Balotelli will leave Inter
The attacker's agent says his client is on his way out of the Serie A club.

Wednesday, July 21

: Mario Balotelli's agent suggests Inter deal with Manchester City could take flight next week
Manchester City's deal for Inter striker Mario Balotelli edges closer, but the bureaucratic wheels seem to be turning sluggishly as agent Mino Raiola doesn't expect a conclusion until next week at the earliest.

Saturday, July 24

: Mario Balotelli's future will be resolved next week - agent
The future of Inter striker Mario Balotelli will be finalised next week, according to the player's agent. The 19-year-old looks set to leave the Italian and European champions and join ambitious Premier League club Manchester City this summer.

Sunday, July 25

: Manchester City and Inter reach agreement over Mario Balotelli - report
Inter and Manchester City eventually reach an agreement over the transfer of striker Mario Balotelli, according to latest reports.

Sunday, July 25

10:13: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini excited to work with Mario Balotelli again
City's Italian boss admits his growing hope that he will work with the young striker again, after bringing him through the ranks while in charge at Inter.

13:38: Balotelli's agent plays down reports of agreement with Manchester City
Reports of a transfer agreement between City and Inter are premature, says agent Mino Raiola. "Nothing has been signed between Balotelli and Manchester City and I doubt anything will be in the next few days," he notes.

Tuesday, July 27

08:39: Manchester City agree £24m fee with Inter for Mario Balotelli - report
Press reports claim the transfer fee could eventually rise to £29m, depending on the 19-year-old's achievements in Manchester, and that Balotelli will sign a five-year deal for a reported £65,000 per week.

Wednesday, July 28

00:02: Massimo Moratti confirms Manchester City target Mario Balotelli can leave Inter
Inter president Moratti has accepted that Balotelli is likely to leave this summer, insisting that the club have received "some important offers" for the young Italian striker.

Thursday, July 29

12:50: Inter's Mario Balotelli to join Manchester City 'within hours' - report
Deal reportedly imminent as all parties seek a speedy resolution. Balotelli's agent and a lawyer have been in Manchester all morning to that end, and City officials are ready to fly to Milan later today to finalise thetransfer with their Inter counterparts.

Friday, July 30

23:50: Massimo Moratti reveals Inter will meet with Manchester City on Monday to attempt to conclude Mario Balotelli deal
Inter president insists that talks over Balotelli will continue on Monday as City look to conclude a deal with the Serie A giants for the Italian starlet.

Saturday, July 31

08:59: Manchester City offer Inter Robinho as part of Mario Balotelli deal
Manchester City offer Robinho on loan to Inter to try tempt the Italians into lowering their asking price for Balotelli, as Massimo Moratti ponders the offer over the course of the weekend.

Sunday, August 1

13:21: Inter Coach Rafa Benitez unaware of Mario Balotelli's situation
After defeating Manchester City 3-0 in a friendly match, Benitez tells the press he does not know the transfer situation between the two parties but Balotelli didn't take part in the game. “Balotelli didn’t play because he has a muscular problem. I don’t know the transfer situation as I am only the coach of Inter.”

14:12: Manchester City target Mario Balotelli admits to suffering from homesickness
Balotelli throws the whole transfer into doubt over stating he is suffering from homesickness.
“I don’t like being alone. I can’t imagine being far from my family, in another city.” The boy Balotelli says he is not ready but the man will be soon.

Monday, August 2

10:04: D-Day for Mario Balotelli
Moratti explains the right offer will see Balotelli leave for Manchester City and a less than perfect one will see him stay, as representatives meet in Milan to continue negotiations.

Tuesday, August 3

O9:59: Decisive hours for Inter's Mario Balotelli
The crucial phase of the transfer begins, as Massimo Moratti seems resigned to losing Balotelli.

Wednesday, August 4

18:25: Inter striker Mario Balotelli still poised to join Manchester City in the coming days
Balotelli's move to Manchester is all but finalised according to reports in Italy, despite huge wage demands and image rights reported to be delaying the deal.

Thursday, August 5

20:55: Mario Balotelli's agent denies that high wage demands are holding up Manchester City deal
Mino Raiola denies that his player's wage demands are stalling the deals progression. The agent states the problem of the two clubs differing valuation of Balotelli is causing the delay.

Friday, August 6

10:06: Manchester City could be ready to offer €25 million to Atletico Madrid for Diego Forlan and abandon Inter's Mario Balotelli
Reports in Italy and Spain suggest Roberto Mancini could be ready to turn his attentions to Diego Forlan and the Citizens are willing to offer him the wages that Balotelli requested.

12:33: Inter ponder Valenica ace Juan Mata for life after Mario Balotelli
Inter monitor Mata's situation of a new contract at Valencia, as they keep their options open if Balotelli leaves.

18:18: Manchester City Manager refuses to give up on Mario Balotelli and James Milner chase
With the transfer window edging towards its end, Roberto Mancini refuses to throw in the towel for both deals.

Sunday, August 8

04:15: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini hopes to sign James Milner and Mario Balotelli within a week
With both players having international games in the week, the transfers have slowed in progress but the Citizens boss is hopeful Thursday will be the day they are concluded.

Monday, August 9

14:15: Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira excited by Mario Balotelli's from Inter to Eastlands
Vieira believes Balotelli would be a great signing and states it is important to have players who are passionate about the game.

17:33: Mario Balotelli's agent assures he is working towards a resolution between Manchester City and Inter in transfer saga.
Negotiations continue, "I'm working, until the end of August there is still time. We are working towards an agreement between the two parties," the players agent explains.

Wednesday, August 11

16:19: Manchester City target Mario Balotelli claims he already knows where his future lies.
Balotelli says he doesn't want to reveal what will happen with regards his move from Inter, but says he does know exactly what the future holds.

Thursday, August 12

12:21: Manchester City and Inter are now just €2 million apart in their valuations of Mario Balotelli.
Inter reduce their asking price to €28m, while City up their bid to €26m as the €6m gap in valuations in dramatically reduced.

21:00: Mario Balotelli's agent in Milan to hold discussion with Inter
Raoila returns to Milan and despite being no agreement still, he hopes the deal will be sealed very soon.

Friday, August 13

09:42: Inter striker Mario Balotelli travels for medical with Manchester City
Mario Balotelli finally takes a huge step towards ending his transfer saga, as he boards a plane for England.

14:44: Mario Balotelli has completed his medical and he is on his way to put pen to paper on his five-year contract.
It is also believed he will be presented as a new Manchester City player on Monday.

18:00: OFFICIAL - Manchester City have formally confirmed the signing of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City for a reported €30 million.
The Italian signs a five-year contract, believed to be in the region of €3.5m per annum.

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