Mario Balotelli is rejecting a bigger pay-packet at Manchester United to sign with Manchester City. The Mirror says United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was quietly working behind the scenes on a move for Balotelli and was prepared to offer him more than the £65,000-a-week he has agreed with Manchester City.

Chelsea also wanted Balotelli and the striker's decision to join City is a real coup for Roberto Mancini.

Balotelli's capture will take Mancini's spending over the £100million mark for this summer, but at least the City boss will save a few bob on the Italian Under-21 star's wages.

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