Official: Alexandre Pato joins Corinthians

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ALEXANDRE PATO has officially joined Sport Club Corinthians Paulista for a reported €15 million fee.

It’s over: Alexandre Pato is no longer a player of Milan after nearly six years with the shirt of the Rossoneri with which he won the Scudetto in 2011 and the Italian Supercoppa Italiana in the following summer.

Adriano Galliani met with Sport Club Corinthians Paulista’s leaders today in Brazil to define the deal and Corinthians announced on the signing of the Brazilian striker for which they’ve reportedly paid €15 million.

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“AC Milan announces that Alexandre Pato has been sold on an outright basis to Sport Club Corinthians,” an official statement on Milan’s website reads. Corinthians confirmed through their website that “Over the next few days Pato will undergo medical tests and sign the four-year contract.” Pato will be their #7 shirt.

Alexandre Pato with his new shirt (from Corinthians’ website)

Corinthians now own 60% of the player while Pato himself now owns the remaining 40% of his rights. Pato’s target is to reach the World Cup 2014 which will be help in Brazil and for that he needs constant playing time. Pato came to Milan as a big promise but after two excellent seasons with the red & black’s, he struggled with injuries and never really fulfilled his potential. Now he’s a chance to revive his career.

“I want to thank all the people at Milan that I’ve worked with in all these unforgettable years in Milano,” The Duck wrote to the fans in a farewell letter. “I’m going to Brazil, to Corinthians to get the possibility of playing with continuity. However, it won’t be easy to forget Milan. I am and I will always been emotionally attached to the Milan shirt, its colors and all the Milanisti. My thoughts and my biggest thanks go to all the Milanisti.”

Pato scored 63 goals in 150 appearances for Milan in all competitions. Meanwhile, there are rumors that Robinho could stay after Santos allegedly abandoned the Binho talks after signing Walter Montillo.

Good Luck, Pato!

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Juninho
Juninho
8 years ago

I did not like of the method of payment.

Giorgio
Giorgio
8 years ago
Reply to  Juninho

Same here.
15 million in 4 years is like 3.75 M a year. That is absolutely nothing! who can we buy for 3.75?

Brian
Brian
8 years ago
Reply to  Giorgio

most buys and sales are done this way. a 20M purchase isn’t usually paid in 1 lump sum.

Oerdrossoneri
Oerdrossoneri
8 years ago

i hope galliani did a wise contract , i hope we can get apto after 1-2 years if he doesnt get injured again 🙂

Some Guy
Some Guy
8 years ago
Reply to  Oerdrossoneri

We will. He promised Berlusconi to return in 2-3 years. That is why I love this move. He will have more playing time, score goals, find his form, get into the Brazil World Cup squad more easily, and then return to Milan as a superstar. Forza Milan, Forza Pato. 🙂

Drozje
Drozje
8 years ago

Good luck Pato.
Hope to see you back soon in the red&black.

Lewangoalski
8 years ago

now give niang a chance

84
84
8 years ago

In bocca al lupo, Pato!

Saman
Saman
8 years ago

Selling pato and keeping robinho??

Getting rid of seedorf, nesta but keeping ambrosini??

Milan management you should win the golden ball youself

Milan4life
Milan4life
8 years ago

Sad to see you leave… Hope you get better and show the world your true potential. I also hope to see you back in our red & black jersey in the future!

Good luck Pato and thanks for the memorys! I will never forget you and real madrid at the bernabeu!

arya
arya
8 years ago

better keep his promise and berlusconi better not be lying about his promise

Shenko Gh
8 years ago

Good Luck Pato!

Nesonelly Obi
Nesonelly Obi
8 years ago

Gudluck pato…we hope 2 c u one day again in normal health..i wish u d vewi best in Corinthians…wil neva 4get u..FORZA MILAN

kelvin
kelvin
8 years ago

And I just read Fiorentina have signed Rossi……we’ll be waiting Galliani *sigh*

shark
shark
8 years ago

@Saman Ɣ☺ΰ SAID IT ALL, THIS PEOPLE R CRAZY L̳̿Ö̤̣̇☺ː̗̀(=)))ː̖́☺Ö̤̣̇L̳̿​

PLS SELL RUBINHO WE R MUCH BETTER WITHOUT HIM AND BERLUSCONI IS NUTS, HE SAID: NO TO BALOTELLI AND NO TO OSVALDO, YES TO DESTRO (TERRIBLE). DESTRO IS SLOWER DAN TOTTI AND IS OSVALDO’S BACKUP. BERLUSCONI IS DEFNTLY ON METH OR HIGHER THINGS.

Some Guy
Some Guy
8 years ago
Reply to  shark

Destro is an amazing youngster, and he isn’t that slow.

asd123
asd123
8 years ago
Reply to  shark

Berlusconi gave good explanations.. No to balotelli because of his attitude and no to osvaldo because of his age. Yes to destro because he’s young..

H.rabson
H.rabson
8 years ago

I wish you goodluck and best ahead….

Lentini
Lentini
8 years ago

Well, this was quite fast! Unlike last january, this was a breeze- walk in, walk out. Going,going, SOLD! Article doesn’t mention buy back clause or right of first refusal or percentage of future sell off. It seems it was a gentleman’s agreement between pato and berlusconi, or rather a media fiasco to immunize fans against the full impact of P9’s departure. Anyways, next topic- who replaces him, and why is santos suddenly developing cold feet, or is galliani intentionally raising the bar to bureaucratically keep robinho? Why did they buy an alternative? Seems he will be eventually left to dance… Read more »

yareens80
yareens80
8 years ago

aw man…. this is so bad for me, i love milan because of ronnie, then he left the same season i started to like milan, then i love ibra and ts33 and pato, then ibra and ts33 left, now pato… all the reasons i loved milan are now gone, now i love ellsha, and i hope he stays forever.

Aj...
Aj...
8 years ago
Reply to  yareens80

you should stop loving the players and start loving milan as a club.

sulexdinho olawale pato

Oohh i m gonna miss u PATO..ur memory ll always be in my heart and i ll support you everytime i c u play…forza pato forza milanoo

Andi Mahmal
Andi Mahmal
8 years ago

Pato is too fragiLe. N never make a great comeback. D questions is, what will Galliani do to replacement Pato’s place?
Hopefully it’s Lionnel Messi 🙂

Emeka-naija
Emeka-naija
8 years ago

Goodbye

milanista93
milanista93
8 years ago

im sad…bcos he scores against some tough teams like real madrid,barca,juve and inter…poor pato..if injuries and barbara don’t exist in your Milan diaries..then people will ask…Cavani who?Falcao who?im sad he can’t fulfill his full potential…

RiSto
RiSto
8 years ago

Grazie pato

rick
rick
8 years ago

wtf pato sold and robinho stay..

D-Bo
D-Bo
8 years ago

I wish him well. he had some great moments in Milan. I hope he can get healthy and get his focus while back in Brazil. Looking forward to the opportunity of bringing him back with a hunger.

olalekan mojeed
olalekan mojeed
8 years ago

PA70 I KINDA MISS U NO MATTER WAT OCCUR GUD LUCK FORZA ALEXANDRA PA70 what next?

Auwal Rabiu
8 years ago

goodbye pato till we meet in the club world cup this year.

acbaba
acbaba
8 years ago

@aj gt d 4k out.

Lentini
Lentini
8 years ago

I doubt if pato will come back after 2-3 years. Why? First, his contract does not explicitly say so. He owns 40% of his rights now so his choice matters. Secondly, if he does become fit again and hits form in brazil, why risk it,just to prove a point and risk re-occurrence of muscle tears? Lastly, in 3 years el sharaawy might just be a bigger superstar, and he would not want to play 2nd fiddle again- after doing so when ibra was around. If we survived sheva,kaka departures, we should survive this one too. Let’s keep our fingers crossed,… Read more »

nino
8 years ago

i hop galliani ll com bak wit paulinho or dede as a suprise package

faridzayish
faridzayish
8 years ago

Milan management is stupid really.. we couldve sell pato last year to PSG for about double the money Corinthians offer instead of selling Ibra&Silva.

@allegri4young
@allegri4young
8 years ago

Best news i have ever heard since 6months
Pato’s departure will open room for new good signings
Robhino should stay.
Milan(berlusconi/Galliani) must get quality for the team.

Olalekan Mojeed
Olalekan Mojeed
8 years ago

Nw dat pa70 has left is nw up to Max to give Niang, carmona ,Gaz, chanches to play next seasn should be the dat we leave Abbiatti,amelia,traore,pazzini,bonera,antonini,mesbah,yepes,mexes,ambrosini,flamini,binho…….as at nw we av to give the younger ones chance to play e.g Gabriel,cappona,ganz,carmona,valloti,mastour and the rest.

ladon
ladon
8 years ago

@allegri4young, Don’t raise your hope. Galiani will bring in a worthless out of contract player to repace Pato. Fiorentina just signed Guissep rossi from Villereal in a deal worth over €10m and they now have Jovetic and Rossi to lead their forward line. Isn’t that scary? Now the question is how on earth could Fiorentina afford a player of €10m? Are they not affected by FFP? Corinthians just paid €10m for Pato and they paid it in lump sum. And yet Mr Galiani thinks Kevin Strootman cost too much for €10m or is €10m too much for Milan to spend… Read more »

Lentini
Lentini
8 years ago

@ladon. Pls read the preceding comments and websites about transfer fees for him. The money is to be paid over 4 years. This amounts to 3.75mil euros per year. Not much for transfer budget,eh? Guiseppe rossi, is very talented no doubt, but 2 knee ligament surgeries in how many months? We just got rid of great potential hampered by injuries and we now buy another with possibly more severe problems? Van basten was a great player until he had his career cut short by injuries to his knee. It is highly regretted that rossi was not signed, but better safe… Read more »

adollar
adollar
8 years ago

I think jacson matinez of porto is an option

sulexdinho olawale pato

Uuuhahahahahahahaha lolz …acmilan transfers!!!!!!!

Mieramyun
Mieramyun
8 years ago

destro is promising and a good striker. Although he is not as fast as pato, he still can make some run.
This january Milan need to sell more to buy some….

Flooresens
Flooresens
8 years ago

This trnsfer is merely not economical issue. This is simply B&G helping out Pato (by request) to rediscover his form bcoz he wants to play in the WC, and luckily Corinthians’ willing to pay the 15M fee so it’s not that bad of a deal. Perhaps Pato did take Ronaldo’s advice which is: get da fck out of Italy!

sheva7
sheva7
8 years ago

Somewhere PIB is crying…lol