Roberto Mancini keen on bringing England international back to Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Mancini is reportedly ready to use troublesome striker Mario Balotelli to help lure Daniel Sturridge away from Stamford Bridge and back to the Etihad Stadium. The Blues forward has had a successful season at the West London club this term but has not been happy about plying his trade in a wide role and could be tempted by a move back to Man City.
The 22 year old England international left Man City in July 2009, six months prior to Mancini’s arrival as a replacement for Markt Hughes and the Italian is thought to be a big admirer of the young forward, who may well star at the Euro 2012 finals this summer.
Mario Balotelli has been a disruptive influence for Man City this term and Roberto Mancini has run out of patience in the former Inter Milan man and is looking to use the young striker as a bargaining chip in his advance to snap up Sturridge.
Whilst Chelsea are riding high on a wave of good results under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo, Blues owner Roman Abramovich may well still be looking to bring in a high profile long term replacement for Andre Villas-Boas and as such the futures of some players may well uncertain and a number of players may be vulnerable to possible approaches.
Mancini is looking to freshen up his attacking options this summer and is likely to listen to offers for Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and the aforementioned Balotelli and sees Sturridge as the type of adaptable attacker who can be a force for many seasons to come.
For their part Chelsea may also have a fair bit of transfer action involving the forward options given that both Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are out of contract come the summer and could well consider offers for Romelu Lukaku who is yet to break into the first team on a regular basis.
Mancini will seek to make any such swap deal a straightforward one without looking to bring cash incentives into the equation.
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