Mario Balotelli finalises move to A C Milan in 20 million pound-deal
London, Jan. 30 : Italian striker Mario Balotelli has finalized his move to A C Milan from Manchester City, after the Italian club announced a 20-million-pound-deal for the footballer.
Umberto Gandini, A C Milan's organizing director, confirmed the move, saying that Balotelli would be moving back to Italy for his medical check-up and to complete deal formalities under which he would be signing a four-year contract, till 2017, The Telegraph reports.
The move to A C Milan has been on the cards despite club owner and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi describing Balotelli as a 'rotten apple'earlier. Berlusconi has since apologised for that statement, the paper added.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has meanwhile lined up Samir Nasri, David Silva and Yaya Toure as possible replacements for Balotelli, thus maintaining pressure on arch rivals Manchester United.
Swedish striker John Guidetti can also expect a promotion in the wake of Balotelli's exit, despite being out witha knee injury for the past nine months.
Balotelli was a dominating personality at City because of his controversial behavior, knack for scoring spectacular goals, and wearing t-shirts demonstrating his persecution complex.
With his temperamental personality, Balotelli was often involved in disputes and controversy, the recent one being a spat with manager Roberto Mancini. He was repeatedly reprimanded by his manager, team-mates and the board.
City signed Balotelli in 2010 for 24 million pounds.