Who else but Mario Balotelli could light up the final days of a muted transfer window? The Manchester City’s striker’s future is being heavily speculated in the media and although assistant manager David Platt reiterated yesterday that the Italian was still a City player, AC Milan and Juventus aren’t letting up in their chase. The Mirror report that Milan are ready to throw in Kevin-Prince Boateng to sweeten the deal after City reportedly rejected a £17m bid. City value Balotelli at around £21m and have no intention of selling him at a bargain.
Roberto Mancini continues to struggle when it comes to snapping up talent from his native Italy as the Daily Mail report that AS Roma have blocked City’s attempts to sign young Brazilian defender Marquinhos. The 18 year old is set for a big future in the European game, with even Real Madrid said to be interested in his signature.