Monday, May 21, 2018

Pato and Robinho want Milan exit; Sturridge nears Liverpool switch

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that Alexandre Pato and Robinho have put in transfer requests ahead of the January transfer window amid speculation linking the Brazilian pair with a return to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Sky Sports understands.

The Rossoneri have already received a bid from an unnamed club for Pato, confirmed Galliani, while Santos FC and Milan are reportedly in talks regarding the future of Robinho.

According to reports, Club World Cup winners Corinthians are keen on Pato, but nothing has been confirmed as of now. Pure speculation at the moment.

“I planned my trip to Brazil some months ago, it will be only about work, I’m not going on vacation,” revealed Galliani.

“We have two negotiations going on, both Pato and Robinho asked to leave Milan, and I know what will happen if they leave the club.”

This news comes within a week of Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri confirming reports suggesting that Robinho submitted a transfer request to the club.

“Robinho has told us he wants to go home to Brazil. Obviously, if he changes his mind then we will be very happy to keep him here but if he wants to go then it’s only right he does,” confirmed Allegri.

Just when Robinho was starting to regain his form, it appears that he is on his way out of Italy, surely on a permanent basis.

The 28-year-old forward has bagged two goals and three assists in 11 league games for the Rossoneri this season, while his compatriot Pato has endured yet another injury-ridden campaign, appearing just seven times for the first-team.

Pato, who represented Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics, has scored just one league goal for Milan since the start of last season.

Sturridge nears Liverpool switch

Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a January transfer to Liverpool after undergoing a medical in Merseyside on Sunday, Sky Sports reports.

Sturridge has found first-team opportunities at Chelsea few and far between following the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses in the summer.

Liverpool are in need of another quality forward and Sturridge certainly fits the billing, with a reported £12 million deal currently in the works.

The move seems to be a formality, but nothing can be official until the transfer window reopens on 2 January.

Sturridge has made 14 appearances for Chelsea this term, netting two goals and one assist, while starting just one out of Blues’ 18 English Premier League matches despite bagging 11 goals in 30 league appearances last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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