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Super Mario Definitely Maybe

The European continent's newswires are alive with reports that Inter Milan's powerhouse striker Mario Balotelli is almost certain To Be Blue...

From L'Equipe and La Parisien in France to Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia in Italy, the story goes that the player's agent alongside his lawyer and The Citizens own lawyers are thrashing out the giant striker's salary in town following confirmation from Internazionale President Massimo Moratti earlier this week that 'Super Mario' will be off to the airport shortly now that a fee of around £25 million has been agreed between the San Siro and Eastlandso clubs.


'Everyone is right about Balotelli: he is a talent, who, in my opinion, has yet to express himself 100 per cent. But this talent, in this moment, doesn't seem so indispensable...we have important offers and objectives of an economic character, so you make a sacrifice with the player who everyone wants.'

Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed that 6ft 3in Balotelli who turns 20 next month and has bagged 20 odd senior goals for Inter to date, was the subject of a surprise farewell party in Milan at the Van Gogh Café last Sunday evening which was thrown by his friends. Gazzetta hacks were lurking and report that Balotelli declared 'I am leaving for Manchester City.'

It could well be that the brilliant but unpredictable lad whom Roberto Mancini gave his league debut to is soon to come of age under Mancio in East Manchester.

So it's over to all Blues supporting baggage handlers, coppers, customs agents, security staff, caterers, taxi drivers and plane spotters at Ringway. Keep your eyes peeled for a group of dark suited and booted men in sunglasses with briefcases. If you see them heading for the next flight to Milan reading Paul Hince in the MUEN with anyone from MCFC, drop us a line at the VMC Newsdesk!

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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 29 2010

Time: 2:22PM

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Great player. Absolute **** of a person though.
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29/07/2010 14:45:00

You know him personally Khoder?
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29/07/2010 14:47:00

No but through the miracles of sight and hearing I have by some god given power, been able to identify Balotelli as being a whiny bitch who doesnt like being told what to do by his manager.
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29/07/2010 14:50:00

I'm sure Mancini will have something to say about that, he did what he was told under Mancini's guidance.
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29/07/2010 14:54:00

If the fella can maintain focus and find his feet he's going to steamroller a few defences, I can tell you.
Johnny Baguette
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29/07/2010 15:14:00

Some people judge others at a whim and of course they themselves are wonderful ... Total tw*ts usually.
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29/07/2010 15:16:00

Its the football that counts so im not worried about how he is. Sure him and Bellerz will get on like a house on fire ;). Hes got some serious talent and im very excited about this one. And he doesnt count as one of the 25 because hes 19 so good stuff!
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29/07/2010 16:02:00

He's a right hard case according to an Italian mate of mine, but has needed to be as he suffered a lot of racist abuse.
Johnny Baguette
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29/07/2010 16:25:00

You know, Bellamy gets a lot of crap for being a "terrible person" and " waste of a human being" but still manages time between beating up puppies to run a charitable foundation in Sierra Leone. Of course that has never been reported by the press because he doesn't talk to the press, so they vilify him any way they can. Don't believe everything you read.
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29/07/2010 16:39:00

People say how Balotelli is a disruptive influence in the team? Inter won the treble last season, so he cant be that disruptive. Media hype as always.
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29/07/2010 16:52:00

All of balo problems stem from him being osterized by the italian press and fans. Yes he is hot headed, but following his career , he has regualry spoken out at the injustices that black people go through in italy. Altough he is hailed as the saviour of the national team, all the away fans in serie a chant "black italians dont exist" so he carrying alot on his shoulders and he reacts out. But his happiest times have been under mancini and a change to multi cultural england will help him. When balo settles in, he will have the same impact that henry had at arsenal. He can play upfront or either wing, we got a gem on our hands. I can wait! Hope we get him.
Super City Slicker
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29/07/2010 17:36:00

Info reaching VMC Towers from Italy that talks have stalled between the players agent and City pending another meeting. File under wait and see.
Johnny Baguette
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29/07/2010 19:12:00

So who's gonna be sitting out to cater for him? Dont think adebayor will be happy.Richards & balotelli is a good combination.
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30/07/2010 14:07:00

Good question C24/7, he can play out wide as well as up front, so it will be interesting to see where he slots in. We might see him play different roles in different games, given Mancini's assertion that he's going to rotate his squad.
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30/07/2010 15:37:00

it is really great to see someone of Mario fierceness join the attacking line.. but i am wondering how would the starting XI look right about now.. Also is the hunt for Donavon still on???
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30/07/2010 19:04:00

wow Ballo looks amazing... apparently his Goals to game ratio at Inter is amazing. I can't wait for him to sign. I feel he could take the right Wing in place of Johnson or else we could play a 4-3-3 with Tevez Ballo behind Adebayor no?
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31/07/2010 17:22:00

we could have a formation like inter with 2 holding players... Barry and Yaya... Silva in the Sneijder role and the 3 up front. We'd be unstopabble
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31/07/2010 17:23:00


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