Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is convinced he can get the best out of Inter Milan firebrand Mario Balotelli.

The News of the World says Mancini is ready to offer an escape route from Italy to the temperamental 19-year-old, who has clashed repeatedly with Inter's manager Jose Mourinho.

Mancini helped nurture Balotelli through his early years and believes the teenager can make a big impact in the Premier League.

The City chief said: "I would bring Mario here because he is young and has great potential to be world class.

"He can resolve games and I never had any complaints about him."

Arsenal have also been linked with an £18million bid for the striker but Mourinho wanted to tempt Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas to Italy as part of the deal.