Manchester City are ready to sell Mario Balotelli for a knockdown price next month.

The Daily Star says Blues boss Roberto Mancini has finally run out of patience with the bad-boy striker and will attempt to flog him to the highest bidder in January.

But the champions will have to take a huge hit on the Italian and fear having to sell him for around £10m - less than half the £24m fee they paid Inter Milan for him in 2010.

There will not be a long queue of clubs wanting to snap up Balotelli because his behaviour has put most of them off.

But that will not stop Mancini trying to off-load him because he is convinced Balotelli is wasting his talent at the Etihad.