It's been clear for a couple months now that Alexandre Pato would be leaving AC Milan as soon as January rolled around. Predictably, Pato missed the first part of the season through injury, but when he returned to the pitch, he was a shadow of his former self. Massimiliano Allegri, now enamored with Stephan El Shaarawy, was reluctant to give the Duck much playing time, and Pato let his displeasure be known.
The Brazilian international demonstrated a desire to return to his native land, and Corinthians obliged. Pato signed a four year, €15 million deal with the São Paulo club, which finished 6th in the Brazilian Série A last season. Assuming the 23-year old passes his medical and stays healthy, he'll slot right into the first team. Corinthians haven't bet the house on Pato, however -- they know his fitness issues, and they still have Peruvian international Paulo Guerrero available up front.
And so ends over five years of seeing Pato in a rossoneri kit. At times he was fantastic, thrilling to watch in all his Brazilian trickery. But as his time on the sidelines began to mount, Milan grew frustrated. He'll be missed in Serie A, but it was time for Pato to be on his way.