Goodbye and good riddance: City agree 17m deal with Milan to sell 'Super' Mario
15:32 GMT, 29 January 2013
17:49 GMT, 29 January 2013
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.
New name: AC Milan's official website was quick to offer fans the chance to buy a Balotelli shirt
Thanks for the memories: Mario Balotelli (pictured in training on Monday) is on his way to Milan
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.
And he's off: Balotelli seemed to say his goodbyes at City's Carrington training base on Monday
Happy to be leaving This old image of Balotelli just about summed up his time in England
Sportsmail revealled the City striker’s personal lawyer Vittorio Rigo, who works closely with his agent Mino Raiola, flew into Manchester over the weekend in readiness to try and negotiate a deal.
In a bid to help force the move through, Balotelli has taken a drop in wages from 4.3m per year, to 3.4m.
Only yesterday, first-team coach David Platt played down speculation about the striker's future.
'I saw that speculation yesterday but I've not heard anything,' he said. 'As far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player. I don't think there is anything is going to happen.
Balotelli moved to the Etihad in 2010, following boss Roberto Mancini from Inter Milan.