Alexandre Pato was linked on a number of occasions with potential transfers to Spain and England as well as French club PSG. The figures which were discussed ranged from £35 to £45 million. Milan seemed reluctant to release Pato and the young Brazilian remained with the club.
However, with the striker suffering from one injury after another, some have begun to express their frustration with his numerous injuries. Last season he missed several weeks after suffering from a hamstring injury, his third such injury in the space of a year.
Pundits and fans alike have questioned his fitness levels and his rehabilitation while others grew frustrated with his frequent absences. Pato is currently sidelined and has managed to play in only 10 league matches while scoring a single goal. The pressure on Pato must be intense and he was below par when he featured against Juventus in the top of the table clash. There are even clouds of doubt over his training program and his ability to recover.
With all these negative aspects being attributed to Pato’s physical condition and commitment, experts and some of the Rossoneri supporters are starting to wish the club did sell Pato to raise enough capital to invest in other players. As recent as January 2012, the Rossoneri were after the services of Carlos Tevez.
Will Milan regret not selling Pato to Chelsea or PSG? The young striker has a habit of rising to the occasion as shown by his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League which came a mere 24 seconds after kick-off. In the 2009-10 season, Pato scored two goals to propel Milan to a famous 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League as well. The young Brazilian has shown he can score goals having registered 15, 12 and 14 goals in Serie A in the last three seasons.
Those in favor of Pato can also point to the fact the player nicknamed the Duck is only 22-years-old and can be one of the key players in the future with Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic already 30-years-old. Perhaps if he is not rushed back, he can fully recover to play a bigger role in the future. This is a tough decision for Milan as well as the Pato since the club might consider selling him while he could seek a much-needed fresh start with another club.
For the time being, he has pledged his commitment to the club’s cause while the Rossoneri have resisted all offers. It might be hard to refuse a hefty offer to sell Pato this summer if the Rossoneri have a replacement in mind. The next two months will be decisive in determining Pato’s future and his relationship with the club.