ALEXANDRE PATO’S Milan exit is all but official according to reports in the Italian peninsula today.
Pato’s Milan experience is about to end if reports in Italy this evening are to be believed. Pato official asked for a transfer out of Milan and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista seem to have won the player’s signature.
Pato has failed to live up to his massive hype in his Milan years as though his numbers are impressive, in the last years he struggled with injuries and showed only glimpses of his old self from time to time.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, today’s meeting between Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani, who is in Brazil on a mission to sell The Duck and Robinho, and Corinthians’ leadership went very well and there seems to be an agreement between the sides over the sale of Pato: Milan will receive €15m for him.
As reported by Gazzetta and Sky Sport Italia, there will be a meeting between the two sides again after the New Year to finalize the deal. Only in January 2012, President Silvio Berlusconi famously rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s €35 million offer for Pato and the player stayed at Milan. Pato had a very tough year and he will be hoping to find his old self back in Brazil. Alexandre Pato joined Milan in 2007 for around €22 million.
Meanwhile, Flamengo announced that they will no longer pursue Robinho as they don’t have the money for him. However, there are a number of other clubs wanting him including Santos and Atletico Mineiro.