AC Milan’s Youth Policy: Sell Pato & Robinho to fund Didier Drogba purchase

Leading Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport are today reporting a busy winter of transfer deals for AC Milan.

According to the famous pink paper , the Rossoneri’s transfer dealing are “Pato sold. Robinho: ongoing negotiations. Drogba: incoming.”

Alexandre Pato’s departure from the San Siro will be little surprise. After struggling with injuries for far too long, the young Brazilian attacker is now set to be shipped out of Serie A. A 15 million euro move to World Champions Corinthians is said to be a done deal, and the transfer should be formally announced on January 1st.

Robinho’s sale is perhaps a little more surprising.

The Samba playmaker has made 11 appearances for Milan this season, whilst scoring important goals against Juventus and Torino. However Robson Da Souza is now considered surplus to requirements at Milan, with Santos and Flamengo leading the charge to sign the former Real Madrid and Man City star.

According to Gazzetta, Santos are the preferred bidders in Milan’s eyes as they are able to stump up 12 million euros to make the transfer happen.

Having sold two of their young Brazilian goal-getters and creators, the most surprising part of the Milan transfer story is that Didier Drogba is the main signing whom the club want to pen in the new year.

Drogba is set to be asking for 5 million euros a season in wages, which is a sum Milan can only afford provided the get rid of high-earners Pato and Robinho.

Yet, away from the transfer/contract details, one has to wonder whether brining in a 34-year-old Drogba is really the best plan for Milan to getting them back into the top bracket of world football. Drogba scored 8 goals in 11 matches for Shanghai last season.

Aside from Drogba, Gazzetta suggest that Milan could also sign exciting Dutch talent Kevin Strootman, while Riccardo Carvalho is on their defensive radar.

Watch all of Didier Drogba’s goals for Shanghai Shenhua this season below.