Manchester City offer Inter Robinho as part of Mario Balotelli deal - report

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Manchester City are trying to lure Inter into accepting their latest offer for striker Mario Balotelli by adding out of favour Robinho as part of the package.

Tuttosport understands that City are hopeful of obtaining a discount by reducing their initial €30 million (£25m), plus bonuses, bid to €26m (£21.6m) plus bonuses.

Negotiations continued late into Friday ith the result seeing a new meeting scheduled for Monday, as confirmed by Nerazzurri chief Massimo Moratti as he considers the skimmed offer.

"Negotiations will continue on Monday," he confirmed to reporters.

It is thought the Premier League side are ready to offer Robinho on a loan agreement as part of the transfer so that they can put an end to the on-going transfer saga.

Manager Roberto Mancini hopes that incentive will bridge the gap and entice Inter into accepting a deal. The Nerazzurri want cash, but having the Brazilian is appealing in Milan.

Robinho's arrival would not affect the club's non-EU quota and he could be a key addition to Rafael Benitez's squad as they prepare to defend their Champions League and Serie A titles.

Balotelli is thought to have already agreed a five-year, €3.5m (£2.9m) per annum contract with the Eastlands outfit, with all that remains is for the clubs to agree on the transfer fee.

That is likely to happen on Monday, with Robinho acting as a make-weight in the deal as he brings the clubs closer to blowing a whistle on the move.

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