Inter have confirmed that there is a clause in Mario Balotelli’s contract which will allow them to sign him should Manchester City decide to sell.
The Nerazzurri sold the Italian international to the English club in 2010 for a fee of around €22m, but that agreement also saw them net a buy-back option.
“We do have first refusal on Balotelli,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio told Panorama in an interview.
“When the moment arrives that Manchester City opt to sell, we’ll decide whether to exercise that right or not.
“Technically, Mario could play alongside any other attacker,” the official continued.
However, Inter would only be able to take the player back to San Siro if they match an offer from any other club that City accept.
Balotelli is being linked with a possible move to Milan or Napoli, although his agent last night rejected the idea of a January move back to Serie A .