Manchester United and Manchester City interest in Inter striker Mario Balotelli is 'concrete' - agent

Agent also hints at Premier League deal for fellow client Zlatan Ibrahimovic...
Manchester United and Manchester City have expressed "concrete" interest in £33.5 million-rated Inter striker Mario Balotelli, according to his agent.

Balotelli, 19, has cut a controversial figure at the San Siro despite his undoubted ability. Although he has fallen out regularly with the club's supporters and ex-head coach Jose Mourinho, his 10 goals in all competitions last season have ignited the interest in the player.

Speaking to Calciomercato.it, agent Mino Raiola confirmed the Manchester rivals are set to fight it out for the Italy youth international's signature, who has courted further headlines in Italy by ending his membership of the Italian players' union.

"I inform only my wife of my whereabouts. Of course I always travel a lot for work reasons and from here until August 30 I will be travelling plenty," Raiola said, refusing to confirm rumours he is in Manchester to negotiate a deal.

"Balotelli will not be signed anymore with the AIC [the Italian players' association]. This does not mean Balotelli will leave Inter for sure, it depends on Inter.

"Anyway, there have been good offers by Man Utd and City. And also a possible future in Spain has to be considered.

"The interest in Manchester is real, and both clubs confirmed this. Balotelli is pleased that [Sir Alex] Ferguson is chasing him, but we cannot exclude that he will stay at Inter or join a different club.

"We will move calmly and evaluate the situations step by step."

When Inter coach Rafael Benitez was quizzed on the player’s future, he said: "He is an important player. We will see."

Raiola also went on to state that Barcelona centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have a reunion with Roberto Mancini at Eastlands.

He added: "Manchester City may also be the potential destination for Barcelona attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"But I will not say any more."

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