Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli may be key to Carlos Tevez joining Inter Milan.

The Blues signed Balotelli from Inter in 2010 for £26m, but still owe around £5m as part of the deal, says the Daily Star.

Inter have seen an initial £21m bid for Tevez rejected, with City holding out for closer to £26m for the Argentine hitman.

They are now considering the option of waiving the outstanding amount in return for £21m from Inter for the former Manchester United star.