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Manchester City reluctant to let Italian forward leave Etihad Stadium on the cheap.
Manchester City have placed a price tag of €35-40m on Mario Balotelli, according to today’s paper edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian international forward hasn’t always received a great deal of acclaim in his home country, with the media and general public cobbling together to give him one giant shake of their collective heads.
In England too, Balotelli is viewed as a somewhat troubled enigma, and though that is lined with affection for his endearing and bizarre charm, there remains a frustration that he hasn’t always made the most of his clear talent and football ability.
Balotelli silenced some of his critics though – particularly in Italy – with a few fine performances in UEFA Euro 2012, with his brace against Germany a particular standout.
The image as he hugged his foster mother was a hugely poignant moment, and it seemed that Balotelli was suddenly redeemed in the world’s eyes – in just a few cathartic weeks.
However, things haven’t gone completely to plan since Balotelli returned to Manchester City.
The 22 year-old has made just seven starts for his club this season, and continues to be linked with moves away from Etihad Stadium.
With no Italian club likely to be able to afford the mooted asking price of €35m plus, and Manchester City chiefs reluctant to sell, Mario Balotelli could find himself stuck at the Etihad for a while yet.
Whether that is his preference or not remains unclear.
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