AC Milan and Manchester City are in discussions over the possible transfer of Mario Balotelli, according to Sky Italia.Roberto Mancini has consistently rubbished speculation linking Balotelli with a return to Italy, and as recently as Monday morning Mancini's assistant David Platt played down the prospect of a deal before Thursday's transfer deadline.

But the latest reports from Italy suggest Milan have made a breakthrough in their attempts to sign the 22 year old striker.

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