13 Feb Ex-AC Milan star Alexandre Pato joins MLS facet Orlando Metropolis
Former AC Milan ahead Alexandre Pato is about to affix Orlando Metropolis SC, sources have confirmed to Football4cast.
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The Lions teased the signing with a pair of Tweets on Friday containing an image of a duck. (Pato means “duck” in Portuguese.) An announcement may come as quickly as this weekend.
Noticed in Orlando in the present day 🦆 pic.twitter.com/QvonuR60ic
— Orlando Metropolis SC (@OrlandoCitySC) February 12, 2021
One supply advised Football4cast that Pato, 31, has signed a one-year deal and won’t be a Designated Participant. His wage shall be introduced down with Common Allocation Cash and consists of an choice for a further yr. Orlando lately despatched striker Daryl Dike on mortgage to English Championship facet Barnsley.
The Mane Land had been among the many first shops who reported the Pato deal.
Pato’s prolonged membership profession consists of stints at AC Milan, Chelsea and Villarreal, as nicely a number of Brazilian teams and Chinese language membership Tianjin Tianhai. He was most lately on the books of Sao Paulo, his second stint with the membership, and one the place he scored 9 targets in 35 league and cup appearances. However he has been with out a team since he and Sao Paulo reached an settlement in August of 2020 to terminate his contract.
His most profitable spell at membership stage got here with AC Milan, the place he performed from 2007-13. In that point he scored 63 targets in 140 league and cup appearances, and helped the facet to a Serie A title in 2010-11 and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2011.
Pato is an ex-Brazil worldwide, scoring 10 targets in 27 appearances, the final of which got here in 2013.
Pato is the most recent Brazilian star to affix Orlando, the membership the place ex-Milan and Actual Madrid midfielder Kaka performed from 2014-17. There are at present 4 different Brazilians at present on the team’s roster in Junior Urso, Ruan, Antonio Carlos and Matteus Aias.