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Jan 12, 2012

£60m-rated Balotelli "too big for Serie A"

Mario Balotelli's agent has slapped a £60 million price-tag on the striker and told any suitors from Serie A to forget about signing the Manchester City star because he is "too big for Italy".

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Balotelli's representative, Mino Raiola, also indicated that the 21-year-old, who was subbed after just 39 minutes of City's Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday night, is ready to sign a new deal at Eastlands.

"Mario is well in Manchester and perhaps he'll extend his contract," Raiola is quoted as saying in The Sun. "My feeling is that it won't be easy for him to return to Serie A. He is too 'big' for Italy."

The former Inter striker has been linked with a return to his homeland ever since he arrived in the Premier League in August 2010 but Raiola says the struggle that both Milan clubs are having to try to land AWOL City striker Carlos Tevez proves they cannot afford Balotelli.

He said: "If Inter and AC Milan have difficulties in finding £25 million to invest on Tevez, how can they pay £50 million or £60 million for Balotelli? This is the value of Balotelli, he's No 1."

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