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End of the antics? Transfer target Mario Balotelli could seal Milan move if Manchester City slash asking price

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli could finally be on his way out of the club, after AC Milan publicly declared their interest in the controversial striker.

Balotelli, 22, has been linked with the Italian giants since the January transfer window opened and the club have made their interest formal.

However, Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani has told the Premier League champions their asking price – believed to be far from the cost of the Mona Lisa at £23.5million – will have to shrink to provoke a bid.

Galliani told the Gazzetta dello Sport: “If Balotelli’s price comes down then I’ll get over to Manchester immediately.”

Balotelli joined City in August 2010 for £18.5 million and has never been far from the headlines since then.

Most recently he was snapped by photographers engaging in a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

However Mancini, who also managed him at former club Inter Milan told the press he had not given up on the striker.

He said: “I will give him another 100 chances if I think it’s possible he can change.

“I give him another chance, sure, because he is 22 and he can make a mistake.”

But Balotelli has since found appearances tough to come by and may be interested in a move to Milan – his boyhood club.

He was even pictured in a Milan shirt during his time with rivals Inter – an early event in his short but controversy-filled career.

However, Milan president Silvio Berlusconi was not keen to give away too much about the club’s interest in the Italy international.

He said: “Frankly, I don’t know.”

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