Details are starting to emerge on Mario Balotelli’s schedule, as he will fly in to Milan tomorrow morning, wear shirt Number 45 and make his debut in a friendly on Thursday.
The club has already announced his imminent arrival on Milan Channel, despite Manchester City staying silent on a deal worth €20m plus €3m in performance-related bonuses.
According to the latest reports from Italy, Balotelli will stay with Manchester City for tonight’s game with QPR at Loftus Road.
He’ll fly out in the morning and arrive at Linate Airport at around 10.30am GMT.
The medical will be performed in Busto Arsizio rather than at the Milanello training ground, then sign the four-and-a-half-year contract at the club HQ in Milan in the evening.
Balotelli will dine with Vice-President Adriano Galliani at the Giannino restaurant, where much of Milan’s business is done.
It is reported Balotelli will make his first appearance in a Rossoneri shirt during the friendly with Serie D side Darfo Boario on Thursday at Milanello.
Milan have already put SuperMario’s jersey on sale, though at first it was given as Number 9, the shirt left open by Alexandre Pato’s move to Corinthians. However, under Serie A Lega rules the same number cannot be worn by two players in one season, so Balotelli takes 45 instead.
His official presentation to the media will be on Friday.