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Pato close to Paris Saint Germain move


PARIS, France, January 12 – Paris Saint Germain moved closer to signing AC Milan striker Pato on Thursday after agreeing personal terms with the Brazilian striker, sources at the French club have confirmed.

Qatari-backed PSG, who have also signed Barcelona’s Brazil defender Maxwell, have tabled a fresh offer for a three-and-a-half year contract worth 28 million euros with an additional seven million euros in bonuses for Pato.

The 22-year-old forward will reportedly receive an annual salary of between six and seven million euros at the club where he will link up with his former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The forward’s agent is in Milan but is expected in Paris on Friday to finalise the deal.

Pato’s departure could be followed by the arrival at Milan of Manchester City’s want away Argentine star Carlos Tevez.

Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani travelled to England on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to sign the former City captain.

PSG sporting director Leonardo announced Maxwell was joining them on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Barcelona.

“We’re thrilled, he’s a player I have always liked and who plays in the same position that I used to play in – we have something in common.”

After starting his career at Cruzeiro Maxwell arrived in Europe in 2001, based initially with Ajax in Holland before moving to Inter Milan and then Barca in 2009.