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Balotelli set to complete AC Milan move

Manchester City have agreed the sale of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, with the striker to undergo a medical and sign on Wednesday.

The two clubs reached an agreement over a 20-million pound deal that will be spread over five years to see the Italy international move to San Siro.

Balotelli is expected to earn 3.4 million pounds a year, a pay cut from his current 110,000-pound-per week deal at the English Premier League champions, and sign a four-and-a-half year contract with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

The striker is in London ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Tuesday but is believed to have a private jet on standby at London’s City airport.

AC Milan revealed via their Twitter account that ‘Balotelli’s medicals will take place (on Wednesday) at Busto Arsizio and Milanello’, while his first training session with the team will take place on Thursday.

City were understood to be holding out for 22 million pounds from AC Milan, while also insisting a 15 per cent sell-on clause is added to any deal, but it is believed the club have since eased their stance.

The 22-year-old said goodbye to team-mates and club staff after Monday’s training session at Carrington, as he prepared to leave for Italy after a tumultuous time in England.

Balotelli’s stock fell after a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, and although he was subsequently dropped from the first-team but given a reprieve by the 48-year-old, he was made available for transfer.

The former Inter Milan forward has netted one league goal for City this season and featured in just five games since November.

Tue 29 January, 2013
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