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Man City Line Up Move for £45m Striker as Roberto Mancini Runs Out of Patience With Mario Balotelli

by The Newshound

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Flight of the Falcao? City boss Mancini watches £45m Atletico striker

‘England? One day, I could go. It is a game I have watched for a long time and one day I would like to sample it’ says Colombian

Roberto Mancini has watched £45million-rated striker Radamel Falcao in action – just hours after Mario Balotelli’s latest strop.

The Manchester City manager was on hand to see the ­Colombian fire his eighth goal of the La Liga season as his Atletico Madrid team beat Malaga 2-1.

Falcao, whoscored 36 goals last season and also blasted a hat-trick in August’s Super Cup win over Chelsea, is under contract until 2016.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Perhaps the reason that Mario Balotelli is unhappy is due to his lack of first team involvement and this may well be down to Roberto Mancini’s insistence that Man City must have a number of players vying for every single spot that invariably leaves top international players warming the bench and therefore as a result getting frustrated.

The young Italian international returned from a successful Euro 2012 finals only to see both Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez ahead of him in the Man City pecking order. Indeed Edin Dzeko may well also be annoyed at having to click his heels waiting for poor form or injury to strike before he gets a Premier League start.

Therefore it seems odd that Roberto Mancini would be lining up another big money signing as if he did land a player of Radamel Falcao’s calibre then clearly it would have to mean that another of his first choice forwards would be out of the loop and the whole vicious circle strikes again.

However in Mario Balotelli’s case, more so than with the aforementioned Dzeko, there are mitigating circumstances related to his conduct both on and off the field of play that could well force the former Inter Milan to leave the club.

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