Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they have first option on Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has been linked with Inter rivals AC Milan.

"The right of first refusal is there," Ausilio told Italian magazine Panorama.

"If Inter decide to exercise it, it will be a choice that will be made if City should decide to sell him. Balotelli technically can fit alongside any attacker."