Super Mario Flies in for Medical

13 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=mario+balotelli&iid=1812988″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/1812988/sports-news-october-2008/sports-news-october-2008.jpg?size=500&imageId=1812988″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] According to Sky Sports, Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is set to fly to England to undergo a medical with Manchester City.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed on Thursday how a deal was close for the 20-year-old to become the latest big-money signing for Manchester City this summer.

City boss Roberto Mancini is a long time admirer of the 20-year-old, who won his first cap for Italy this week, after signing him for Inter as a 16-year-old. “We are close with Balotelli,” said Mancini. “Hopefully today or tomorrow. Mario is on his way here today.”

The deal has taken a long time to agree but compromise has been made between the two sides and the fee agreed is believed to be £24million.

His arrival will come too late for him to be registered to play against Tottenham on the opening day of the season which means his debut will most likely be against Liverpool on the 23rd of August.

The Italian will be the fifth major signing of a busy summer for City. He will join David Silva, Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure as new arrivals.

Mark Jepson

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