Balotelli close to City switch

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Mario Balotelli's agent is "very confident" the Inter Milan striker will shortly join Manchester City after moving an important step forwards in discussions on Thursday.

Balotelli has long been linked with a move to City, where boss Roberto Mancini is keen to be reunited with the youngster he snapped up as Inter coach in 2006.

The Italy forward's agent Mino Raiola believes a deal could go through on Friday, although he admits it is unlikely Balotelli will feature in City's opener against Tottenham on Saturday.

"Today, there was a step forwards, I can confirm that," Raiola told Sky Italia on Thursday. "So I am very confident about closing the deal soon but it doesn't just depend on me."

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