Inter Milan want to re-sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. The Sunday Mirror says City have ­confirmed that Inter were ­represented at last Tuesday's Champions League clash with Ajax.

And sources in Italy claim that Inter's sporting director Piero ­Ausilio opened transfer talks with his new City counterpart Txiki Begiristain after the 2-2 draw.

The Milan giants want Balotelli to lead a renaissance at the club as they look to replace ageing players. Owner Massimo Moratti has earmarked the 22-year-old as his No.1 target - after allowing the controversial Italian striker to join City in a £24million deal just over two years ago.