Tuesday, January 29, 2013
IS THIS GOOD RIDDANCE? MARIO BALOTELLI TO SIGN FOR AC MILAN
Controversial Ghanian born Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli will become an AC Milan player after Manchester City agreed terms with the Italian club this afternoon.
Juventus were also in contention to take the controversial striker back to Italy, but City have accepted an offer from Milan understood to be in the region of £17million plus £2.5m in add-ons.
He is scheduled to have a medical tomorrow and sign a four-and-a-half year deal.
Balotelli has also helped the deal to go through by agreeing a pay-cut of nearly £1m so he could join his boyhood club on a £3m-a-year deal.
He is now set to pull out of the City squad for tonight’s game at QPR and fly to Milan to complete the move.
On Monday, Balotelli was seen carrying some belongings from the club's HQ before he joined his team-mates in London for Tuesday's game against QPR at Loftus Road.
Earlier, coach Brian Kidd asked the striker for an autograph after training, which some interpreted as a sign the Italian's time in Manchester was coming to an end.
Samir Nasri also stopped and talked to Balotelli through the window of his camouflaged Bentley as he left the Carrington complex.
In a bid to help force the move through, Balotelli has taken a drop in wages from £4.3m per year, to £3.4m.
Balotelli moved to the Etihad in 2010, following boss Roberto Mancini from Inter Milan.