Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is prepared to accept offers for Mario Balotelli, following the striker's recent poor run of performances.
The 22-year-old has scored just two goals in 13 appearances this season and was removed from the squad for their match against Tottenham on Sunday. He dealt with the bad news in typical fahion by partying at the Panacea Bar until 1.30am and, although he didn't break any official club rules by doing so, it is being reported that this decision has convinced Mancini further that the controversial Italian international is unlikely to change his ways, with AC Milan said to have offered the Italian a return to his home country in January.
Mancini is now looking to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, reportedly putting in a £46million bid with his representative. That would make the Colombian the largest signing in the club's history, beating the £38m they paid Atletico for Sergio Aguero.
However, Balotelli's agent has claimed that the striker doesn't want to leave the club, saying: "There’s no Italy and no plans to go there. He’ll work until the end of his contract. He doesn’t want to leave.
"There’s no player happy with not playing in a game but he accepts it. It’s all part of the game. It doesn’t mean he wants to leave Manchester."
Balotelli has almost three years left on his contract, with it set to expire in June 2015. However, it has been reported that the club's new director of football Txiki Begiristain has told Mancini to cut a few players from the squad by January and, considering that Balotelli's position as the first team's go-to attacking substitute has been filled by Edin Dzeko, Balotelli may very well have been a name on that list.
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