Disaster has struck. One-man OTP material generator Mario Balotelli is leaving the Premier League.
The Italy international has agreed a deal to return to his homeland to play for AC Milan.
Only the formality of a medical and a contract signing can now prevent official confirmation that we’ve lost Mario.
The 22-year-old will make a £19m switch to the San Siro – formerly his home ground when he played for Inter – with the fee possibly rising to £22m with add-ons.
Milan director Umberto Gandini wrote on Twitter: “Transfer agreement for Balotelli signed with Manchester City. Medical is tomorrow [Wednesday] in Milan, then personal terms until 2017 will be signed.”
Here are some of our favourite Mario memories:
His training ground bust-up with Roberto Mancini
His hilarious attempts at wrapping Christmas presents
The bathroom firework display
The ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt
His fine for a late night curry
Popping into a school to use the toilet
The press conference gatecrashing
The fire extinguisher incident at a Drake concert