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Milan teams do battle over Super Mario with Inter claiming first refusal

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Both AC Milan and Inter are in battle to sign Man City troublemaker Mario Balotelli but with latter claim to have first refusal on the striker.

Following last summer's Euro 2012 tournament, you would have expected Mario Balotelli to play a massive part in Manchester City's season but more off-field problems have seen his time at Etihad stadium all but come to an end.

But who would want to sign the problematic striker? Well, both AC Milan and Inter Milan are extremely interested and are currently in a transfer battle to bring him back to Italy.

It was revealed in December that AC Milan were preparing a move for the striker during the January transfer window but Inter have thrown a massive spanner in the works by claiming they hold a 'first refusal' clause with Man City.

Sporting director, Pier Ausillo claimed that if Man City decide to sell, which they have, then his club would be able to make an offer first.

"It's true, Inter have first refusal right for Mario Balotelli. We will decide to exercise it just whether City will choose to selling him. Mario can play alongside any attacker," Ausilio told Panorama.

Milan are desperate to bring in a striker with the sales of Alexandre Pato and Robinho leaving them short in attacking options but they will seemingly have to wait for Inter to decide on Balotelli.

The 22-year-old Italian international enjoyed a four year spell with Inter between 2006 and 2010, scoring 28 goals in 86 games before he joined City in 2010.

Plus, he is extremely close to Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni making the move seem all the more likely than one to the club across town.

HIs time in England has been successful despite his off-field problems and his goalscoring record of 30 in 75, mostly from the bench is what continues to attract the likes of Milan and Inter.

Time will tell whether Balotelli leave Man City but that may depend on the future of coach Roberto Mancini, with whom Balotelli had a fierce bust-up.

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