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Mario Balotelli worth as much as the Mona Lisa, says agent

He's no oil painting but agent says Balotelli is worth as much as the Mona Lisa



17:33 GMT, 5 December 2012

Mario Balotelli's agent has insisted that no Italian club can afford to buy the Manchester City striker because he 'costs as much as the Mona Lisa'.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the San Siro and a return to Italy after slipping down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

Familiar face: The Mona Lisa

How much would you pay Mario Balotelli

Spot the difference: Mario Balotelli's agent compared him to the Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait
of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been
acclaimed as 'the best known, the most visited, the most written about,
the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.'

painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of
Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a poplar panel, and is believed to
have been painted between 1503 and 1506.

It was acquired by King Francis
I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on
permanent display at the Muse du Louvre in Paris.

The ambiguity of the
subject's expression – frequently described as enigmatic, the
monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms and the
atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to
the continuing fascination and study of the work.

Manager Roberto Mancini prefers Carlos Tevez and Segio Aguero to the young Italy international.

president Silvio Berlusconi has previously suggested that their
interest in Balotelli is serious, claiming that signing him 'is not a
dream' with the January window around the corner.

Mino Raiola, Balotelli's agent and close advisor, told Sky Sport
Italia: 'Balotelli costs as much as the Mona Lisa. There are no teams in
Italy who could afford him.'

has only started eight games for the Barclays Premier League champions
this season but Raiola says the club are not willing to let him leave.

Raiola added: 'Manchester City don't want to sell Balotelli.'

City crashed out of Europe after losing to Borussia Dortmund in Germany in their final Champions League match, making it the worst European campaign by an English club in the history of the competition.

The face neighbours Manchester United in a huge derby clash at the Etihad this Sunday.

Anne Keothavong beaten by Roberta Vinci in Luxembourg Open

Down and out: Keothavong beaten in straight sets by Vinci at Luxembourg Open



14:43 GMT, 18 October 2012

British No 3 Anne Keothavong suffered a second-round hammering at the hands of top seed Roberta Vinci in the Luxembourg Open.

Keothavong had beaten Kiki Bertens 6-2 6-2 in the first round but had no answer today as Vinci's second break of the match helped her win a close first set 6-4.

The Italian took both of her break-point opportunities in the second as she clinically wrapped up a 6-4 6-1 win in just over an hour and set up a clash with either Venus Williams or ninth seed Mona Barthel.

Beaten: Anne Keothavong lost to Roberta Vinci

Beaten: Anne Keothavong lost to Roberta Vinci

China Open 2012: Laura Robson beats Kimiko Date-Krumm

Robson cruises past veteran Date-Krumm to reach second round of China Open



11:33 GMT, 30 September 2012

Laura Robson advanced to the second round of the China Open on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.

The 18-year-old world No 57 saw off 42-year-old wild card Date-Krumm 6-4 6-4 in one hour 22 minutes.

Robson will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino in round two after the Spaniard overcame 15th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.

Easy does it: Laura Robson barely broke sweat as she cruised through to the second round

Easy does it: Laura Robson barely broke sweat as she cruised through to the second round

Laura Robson beats Carla Suarez Navarro

Landmark win for Robson as young Brit reaches first main tour semi-final



19:40 GMT, 13 July 2012

Laura Robson fought off intense heat and the challenge of world No 41 Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the first main tour semi-final of her career at the Italiacom Open in Palermo.

The 18-year-old, who beat second seed Roberta Vinci on Thursday, followed it up by finishing off her Spanish opponent 6-4 2-6 6-3 in a match briefly delayed at the start of the final set due to temperatures in excess of 30 degrees.

Robson broke Suarez Navarro early in the first set and managed to retain her advantage to nudge ahead, but with the rising heat clearly a factor the Spaniard dominated the second set and looked in control.

Winning feeling: Laura Robson beat Carla Suarez Navarro in Italy

Winning feeling: Laura Robson beat Carla Suarez Navarro in Italy

But after a 10-minute delay Robson fought back in a final set that saw five consecutive breaks of serve before Robson somehow managed to serve out for the biggest win of her career in two hours and two minutes.

Robson, the British No 4, reached the second round of consecutive grass-court tournaments at Birmingham and Eastbourne last month to briefly make her debut inside the world's top 100.

And despite going out in the first round of Wimbledon her performance against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone suggested she was not far from making an impression on the tour.

Robson will take on eighth seed and world No 71 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the semi-finals on Saturday, after the Czech player upset third seed Julia Goerges 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (4/7) 6-1.