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Pato seals €15m deal to Corinthians

AC Milan and Brazil forward Alexandre Pato has moved to Brazilian outfit Corinthians for a fee of €15 million.

Pato, 23, has been linked with a return to his homeland over the past week, as he attempts to work his way back to full fitness following a horror run with injuries over the past 12 months.

Corinthinans have led the way for his signature and completed the deal on Thursday night for a reported €15 million.

"Corinthinans have acquired 100% of the right to Alexandre Pato. The player will arrive in the coming day for a medical and sign a four-year contract," Corinthians said in statement.

Pato scored 63 goals for the Rossoneri, but did not find the net in Serie A this season and has returned to his homeland ahead of the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil.

A statement on the Milan website read: "AC Milan can announce that Alexandre Pato has been sold outright to Sporting Club Corinthians Paulista."

And Pato himself added in an open letter: "I wish to salute and especially thank everyone. From the president to the many people I worked with in these unforgettable years at Milan. I am going to Brazil, to Corinthians, so I'll have the opportunity to play consistently. It will not, however, be easy to forget Milan.

"I will always be tied to this jersey, the club colours and all the Rossoneri fans. Above all at this moment my thoughts and my biggest thanks go to them."

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