Corinthians director denies Pato deal
Corinthians director Dulio Alves Monteiro has denied reports that the club have reached an agreement with AC Milan over Alexandre Pato.
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Reports suggested the Seleção international had all but signed for the Brazilian outfit, in a deal worth around €15 million.
However, the club’s administrator has quashed those rumours saying that the initial transfer fee is too high.
Monteiro said: "I had a meeting with the CEO of Milan [Adriano Galliani].
"It was only an initial talk – the negotiation is complicated.
"The figure is high and the player is young. Galliani and I will meet next week and we will talk more."
Monteiro had previously stated that the recently crowned World champions were hoping to sign the Milan forward in the first week of the January transfer window.
He told ESPN Brasil: "A lot of people know about his potential on the pitch.
"He is an exceptional player. Our medical department and physiotherapists are already following Pato and are going to work with him.
"We hope that in the first week of January we can give him as a gift to Corinthians' fans."
Source: Football Italia