Milan striker agrees move to Club World Champions.
Alexandre Pato is on his way back home.
According to Brazilian media, the striker’s move from AC Milan to Corinthians will be announced officially on 3 January and was sealed in a meeting between Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani, Corinthians’ Assistant Director of Football Duíllio Monteiro Alves, and the player’s agent Gilmar Veloz.
The player’s desire to play for the current Club World Champions played a significant role in concluding the transfer, since Pato was being tracked by the likes of Chelsea and PSG, among other European clubs.
The Stamford Bridge outfit, who had been linked with the starlet to strengthen their depleted frontline ahead of the imminent sale of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool, will now have to look elsewhere for striking options, with Fernando Torres currently the only recognised centre forward in the squad.
The Brazilian giants, who beat Chelsea in Japan just two weeks ago have done the ‘double’ over the Blues having now won the race to sign the 23-year old with an offer of £12m for 50% of Pato’s rights. The Rossoneri will reportedly keep hold of the other half.
Milan had accepted an offer of £29m from PSG last January, but the move fell apart because Pato wanted to stay with the Italians. But the tricky forward has since endured a constant series of injuries, which has severely limited his playing time.
The youngster reportedly hopes that a return to his homeland will provide a fresh start and aid his push for a place in the Brazilian national squad for the 2014 World Cup.
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