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That was Balotelli at his best.

Back home in Italy, when he is closer to his family, it would be gratifying if he can become that good again. Milan director Umberto Gandini said the club’s agreement with City is dependent on Balotelli passing a medical.

That Balotelli likes to clown around doesn’t make him a clown. Now is his chance to have the last laugh.

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John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester