Manchester City Prepare for Ideal £24m Striker Swap: Mancini Looking to Use Robinho to Land Balotelli

Eastlands outfit try to kill two birds with one stone.

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Brazil's Robinho celebrates after scoring a goal during a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against Chile at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 28, 2010. REUTERS/Howard Burditt (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

While Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli appears to be heading to Manchester City , Brazilian forward Robinho could well be going in the opposite direction.
According to Tuttosport, Robinho ‘s agent, Juan Figer, was in Milan yesterday trying to hammer out an agreement with the Serie A side.
The paper said that Manchester City would be willing to offer Robinho out on loan to the Treble winners in a bid to get him off their wage bill and increase his value with a view to a possible future sale.
It comes despite Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini saying last week that he would be to prepared to welcome back the Brazilian for this coming season.
The 26-year-old arrived at Manchester City from Real Madrid for €42.5million two summers ago to much fanfare. He has since proved to be an expensive luxury and spent the latter half of last season at Santos. (IMScouting)

This would be a great deal if Roberto Mancini can pull it off. If, as it appears, the Manchester City boss sees no reason to keep the Brazilian international at the club then the idea of using Robinho to sweeten the deal for Mario Balotelli makes great sense.

One wonders how such an exchange would work out. A straight cash swap? Would Rafa Benitez demand more for his promising Italian Under 21 international or would it be vice versa? After all Robinho had a decent World Cup and is a proven player who may well have fallen out of favour at Eastlands but could surely walk into most decent squads with ease.

Either way Mancini wants Super Mario and it will then be a case of how the former Inter Milan uses his talent and where he chooses to play him. The powerfully built teenager is arguably a better tool to use out wide rather than as an out and out forward.

Perhaps he would be employed in a similar way to which Craig Bellamy has been used on the left. Clearly the two players are completely different customers but are both players who seem to adjusting their positions to suit the greater good of the club as a whole.

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