ALEXANDRE PATO and Robinho’s Rossoneri experiences seem to be very close to their end.
One arrived to Milan in 2007, the other arrived in 2010, but their departure could take place in the same week after both – Alexandre Pato and Robinho – asked the leave this January in favour of a move to Brazil.
The time of Pato – who returned to training in Milanello today – and Robinho – who got a special permission to stay in Brazil until January 2 – at Milan will soon come to its end and Milan will sign a striker.
“Pato and Robinho are fundamental to us and if they should leave, it would be a big loss but I think the club will do something in the transfer window. Pato has had a lot of troubles with injuries and we wish him the best whether he stays or goes,” Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti told the Milan Channel today.
“I don’t think it’s easy for him to come back after all the injuries and the worry of picking up another one gets the better of him. Unfortunately there’s been no time to play as in Belgium he picked up another knock. If Robinho is fit, he’s irreplaceable even though he hasn’t played that much this season, he’s a high level player.” Robinho played 13 games in the 2012/13 season; Pato featured in only 7 games this term.
According to reports in Brazil and in Italy, the Pato-Corinthians deal is pretty much a done deal and Milan will get €15m from his sale. The announcement is expected to arrive on January 3rd with Pato presented on January 12. An unnamed friend of Pato is quoted on the Brazilian media today confirming the deal.
As reported by Sky Sport 24, Santos are also getting closer to Robinho. They’ve asked Milan for a discount (from €10 million to €8m) as they wish to close the deal before January 2nd. The next days will be crucial.