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Donovan and Balotelli on Manchester City radar


Mancini confirms interest in Donovan

Manchester City's transfer spree shows no sign of ending as Roberto Mancini revealed the club are looking at front men Landon Donovan and Mario Balotelli.

"Landon Donovan is a good player. It's possible," said boss Mancini of the 28-year-old Los Angeles forward, who played on loan at Everton last season.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has suggested he could be receptive to offers for the 19-year-old Balotelli.

"We don't completely reject an offer without hearing it," said Moratti.

"We don't put the phone down on anyone," added the Inter president.

Inter won the Serie A title and Coppa Italia last season to complete a treble under former manager Jose Mourinho, but Balotelli fell out with the Portuguese coach and was an unused substitute as the Italian side beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Despite Balotelli's temperamental relationship with Mourinho, the striker is considered one of Italy's brightest prospects and is likely to get his chance in the national team after Italy crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages.


Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with bids for Balotelli.

Last week Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said he does not intend to sell LA Galaxy's Donovan, who agreed in December a four-year contract with MLS.

As well as chasing Donovan and Balotelli, Mancini confirmed that City would still like to sign Aston Villa's England international James Milner, despite having had a £20m bid for the midfielder turned down in May.

Last week BBC Sport revealed that Manchester City had agreed a £16m fee for Serbian left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

If that deal goes through it would take City's summer spending to £75m, after signing David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng.

Mancini was speaking in New Jersey in the United States where Manchester City are preparing for the New York Challenge.

The four-team tournament starts on Thursday with Tottenham facing the New York Red Bulls, whose latest signing, Frenchman Thierry Henry, will play his first match for the club.

City play Portugal's Sporting Lisbon on Friday before the competition finishes with a double-header on Sunday.

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see also
Man City complete Kolarov signing
24 Jul 10 |  Man City
Man City complete 24m Silva deal
14 Jul 10 |  Man City
Man City secure Boateng signing
05 Jun 10 |  Man City
Villa reject 20m bid for Milner
20 May 10 |  Man City
Balotelli & Maicon 'not for sale'
15 Jul 10 |  Europe

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