Balotelli joins Manchester City for £22m

Manchester City completed the signing of Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan this evening in deal reported to be worth £22m.

The 20-year-old Italian striker put pen to paper on a five-year contract after successfully completing a medical at Eastlands this afternoon.

Balotelli won’t be eligible for City’s opening Premier League match tomorrow afternoon against Tottenham but he should make his debut in the home game against Liverpool on 23 August.

City manager Roberto Mancini is convinced that Super Mario can make an instant impact in English football.

‘Mario is one of the best players of his age in Europe, and I very happy to be working with him again,’ the Italian told www.mcfc.co.uk.

‘His style of play will suit the Premier League, and because he is still so young there is a big chance for him to improve.’

‘He is a strong and exciting player, and City fans will enjoy watching him.’

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