Mario Balotelli’s proposed move to AC Milan is not yet confirmed, with City assistant boss David Platt denying reports that it’s a done deal.
News emerged this morning that 22-year-old Balotelli had said goodbye to his teammates before heading to Milan for a medical, with a fee nearly agreed between City and Milan. It is thought City are holding out for close to the £24m they paid Inter for the striker in 2010, and are also trying to negotiate a sell on clause agreement of around 15%.
Balotelli has apparently given notice on his rental agreement for his home in Cheshire, and held a farewell meal at a Chinese restaurant in Manchester to say goodbye to his colleagues.
Balotelli has just a solitary league goal this campaign after a fine showing for Italy in the summer at the European Championships. A training ground bust up with Roberto Mancini heightened speculation he could leave, with Txiki Begiristain now seemingly willing to sanction a move for the Italian.
David Platt urged caution, suggesting a deal was unlikely to be concluded.
I saw that speculation (on Sunday) but I’ve not heard anything. It’s a shame Robbie’s (Mancini) not here. He might know more than me but 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.
However, over the weekend, AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani indicated a deal was moving closer, with reports in Italy suggesting Milan were willing to let defender Phillipe Mexes leave to free up £3.8m-a-year on their wage bill.
Yesterday was 99.9% no, today is 99.5% no. It is a situation different from that of yesterday, but the bag is closed until tomorrow morning.
It’s unclear yet as to how close a deal is to being done but it certainly looks like both parties are willing to make the transfer happen. Many City fans have grown frustrated at the constant media circus that surrounds Balotelli, and feel it’s better for everyone involved he were to move on. News of a transfer will be reported right here on Typical City.