Manchester City are confident of closing a deal for Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

The Daily Mail says City were last night confident of clinching the signing of Inter Milan striker Balotelli as their summer spending rocketed towards the £100million mark.

City believe they have struck a £23m deal for the volatile 19-year-old, who is set to be reunited with his former Inter coach Roberto Mancini at Eastlands.

The club are banking on the City boss being able to tame Balotelli, the bad boy of Italian football who has attracted as many headlines for his behaviour off the pitch as on it since Mancini left the San Siro two years ago.

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