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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could finally quit the Etihad for AC Milan today, according to The Sun.

The Premier League champions are expected to announce that they have sold the player for around £17 million later today, and it is understood the deal could also see former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng head the other way on top of that fee.

According to the same report, the enigmatic Italian threw a leaving party for close friends at his home last night, and told guests he was going to the San Siro before handing out mementos from his somewhat controversial stay at the Etihad, a tenure of which has seen him make all the headlines in recent times.

In October 2011 he made headlines when he set off a firework from his bathroom, and earlier this year he was photographed whilst embroiled in a training ground spat with manager Roberto Mancini.

City had been holding out for a much bigger return on a player they paid £22 million for in 2010, but the relationship between player and manager now appears to be unsustainable, with Mancini prepared to cut his losses.

Milan coach Massi Allegri however isn’t worrying about Balotelli’s fiery persona – for now.

He said:

“Balotelli is a Manchester City player for now. If he comes, I’ll think about how to manage him.”

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This article was first posted on January 28, 2013