Roberto Mancini knows Mario Balotelli's departure could harm Manchester City's title hopes but believes the move to AC Milan is what the forward needs.

The 22-year-old Italian will have a medical with the Serie A giants on Wednesday as he prepares to return to his homeland after two and a half years in the north west. The move will cost Milan around £20million and Mancini is aware of the adverse affect it could have on his side's chances of retaining the title.

"It is difficult because I lost one important striker and that could be important in the next 14 games," Mancini said.

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