Ligue 1 big spenders make big money offer for Etihad Stadium youngster.
MANCHESTER CITY have rejected a £40m bid for Mario Balotelli from Paris St Germain after Roberto Mancini threatened to quit.
PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti made Balotelli one of his top targets and was confident of luring the Italian striker to France.
But his huge offer was snubbed when Mancini told his bosses he would walk out on the Premier League champions if his fellow Italian was allowed to leave.
SOURCE: Daily Star
One would imagine that this bid was registered before PSG completed the purchase of Zlatan Ibrahmovic but if not then one can only imagine just how much money the Parc des Princes owners are willing to pump into the Ligue 1 side.
Roberto Mancini is apparently upset at the lack of transfer activity at the Premier League title holders, indeed Man City are the only side to yet to buy a player this summer, and this source quotes the Italian as saying
“I’m not happy, but I won’t say anything at the moment.
“We have 20 days until the end of the market. I think you should buy players not 10 days before the end, but two months before the end.”
Mancini would of course do well to remember that his side has spent vast sums over the past couple of seasons and have a massive squad that did of course secure the title last term so may well not need a great deal of work ahead of the new campaign.
As for Balotelli, well the Italian had a fairly solid season in 2011/12 in goal-scoring terms, netting 17 goals despite starting only 21 games in all competitions and then followed that up with a solid Euro 2012 display where he finished as the joint top scorer.
As well as signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Carlo Ancelotti has spent another £96m to bring in Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva and Ezeqiuel Lavezzi and Marco Veratti.
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