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Thursday January 12 2012
Report: Pato signs for PSG

A report in France is claiming that Milan striker Alexandre Pato has agreed to a transfer to Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

The Parisian side have reportedly been in negotiations to reunite the Brazilian forward with former Rossoneri Coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo in the French capital since the end of December. Such action came after Pato revealed his discontentment at Milan under current Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

French news agency AFP are now running the line that talks are in their final stages, that the player has agreed personal terms and that the transfer will be completed tomorrow, just days before the Milan derby.

It is understood that PSG will pay Milan €35m and that Pato will join on a three-and-a-half-year deal with an annual wage in the region of €6-7m. Pato’s agent will reportedly fly out to Paris tomorrow to sign off on the deal and complete the formalities.

The news broke in the same hour that Inter President Massimo Moratti admitted defeat to Milan in trying to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. That transfer and Pato’s are thought linked by the Rossoneri’s reported requirement to raise funds to be able to afford to bring in the Argentine striker.

The 22-year-old Pato has scored 51 goals in 111 League appearances for the San Siro side since making his debut in January 2008. Leonardo, who is PSG’s director of sport, played an instrumental role in originally bringing the player to Italy.

News of his reported departure comes within hours of Coach Allegri’s claims that he believed Pato would be staying with the Serie A defending champions.

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