San Siro man heading back to homeland.
Oft-injured Brazil forward Alexandre Pato is poised to join Corinthians on a $15 million transfer from AC Milan.
The Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Wednesday that the two teams have struck an agreement for Pato’s transfer and AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was in Brazil this week to sign off on the deal.
Galliani confirmed receiving a bid last week from an unnamed club for Pato, who has been at Milan since 2007.
AC Milan had stated publicly that Brazilian pair Alexandre Pato and Robinho had both indicated their desire to leave the San Siro and it seems that the 23 year old striker is the first to complete a deal to do just that.
The injury prone forward seemingly preferred a return to his native Brazil over a move to a number of European sides keen on acquiring his services but one does have to wonder why the Rossoneri were willing to accept just £12m for a player of Pato’s obvious potential, especially when you consider his relatively tender years.
Pato has notched up 63 goals in 150 appearances during his stop/start spell at AC Milan and the skillful forward should surely garner a bigger fee in today’s inflated market.
Corinthians recently captured the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan and will be delighted to have landed the Brazilian international for such a decent price.
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