Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he could handle Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli if they signed him this summer.

City are understood to have offered about £25m for Balotelli but Inter are holding out for more.

Mancini denied he would be taking a risk in signing the 19-year-old, who has had several high-profile disputes with team-mates and the former manager José Mourinho.

"There is not a big problem with his character," said Mancini, a former Inter manager. "He is a young player. There have been times in the past when he made mistakes, but that's normal.

"He is not a difficult player. At the moment Inter are asking a lot of money for him. We won't wait [forever]. We have other targets.

"The problem is that when Manchester City come talking, other clubs ask high prices. We have a lot of good players already but at the moment only Manchester City are going in the market. So far we have bought three new players and are happy."

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