AC Milan and Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed a deal for striker Mario Balotelli. A fee of £19 million plus add-ons (possibly including a bet on March madness or two) will see the 22 year old return to the San Siro, but representing the red and black of Milan.
Life long fan Balotelli had previously expressed desire to one day join the Rossoneri and is scheduled to undergo a medical tomorrow morning and sign a four and a half year contract. Milan Sporting Director Umberto Gandini conformed on twitter:
“Transfer agreement for Balotelli signed with Manchester City. Medical is tomorrow [Wednesday] in Milan, then personal terms until 2017 will be signed.”
Earlier in the season, owner Silvio Berlusconi labelled the former Inter Star as “rotten apple”, but has since apologized and funded for the move for Balotelli.
Balotelli signed for City in the summer of 2010 in a deal that cost City £24 Million. He began his City career well and had his most prolific season in the 2011-2012 season, scoring 17 goals.
However due to disciplinary issues, background bust ups and a dip in form which has seen the Italian net only three times this season, he found himself fourth choice behind Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko and Boss Roberto Mancini had decided to cut his loses and £175,000 off the City wage bill.
Although enduring many problems during his spell at the Etihad, Balotelli captivated the football world through his spectacular goals, cheeky gestures, suspensions and also his talent. While it is clear Balotelli has a knack of disregarding the rules, his talent and ability must not be underestimated.
There is a reason he was bought for £24 million, four league titles, the Champions League, three domestic cups and won Golden Boy of the Year 2010. The move will come as a success for all parties involved.
Balotelli gets his dream move, whilst AC Milan have a signed player of his quality for a reasonable price. Manchester City have received extra funds for the club and can continue running the club without the disruption of Mario and his antics.
Written by Farhan Daw
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