Balotelli key to Man City convincing Leali to snub Barcelona

Mario Balotelli is key to Manchester City landing Brescia goalkeeper Nicola Leali.

Mario Balotelli is key to Manchester City landing Brescia goalkeeper Nicola Leali.

The teenage Argentine is also wanted by Barcelona as Brescia prepare to sell the prospect some time this year.

City boss Roberto Mancini hopes his young Italian players, including Balotelli, Luca Scapuzzi and son Andrea will influence Leali about moving to England over Barcelona.

Significantly, Balotelli also has a Brescia background and would be expected to help Leali settle in England should he arrive.

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