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Soccer: Barbara Berlusconi 'won't block' Pato transfer

Boyfriend of owner's daughter linked to move to PSG

05 January, 16:37
Soccer: Barbara Berlusconi 'won't block' Pato transfer

(ANSA) - Rome, January 5 - Barbara Berlusconi has said she would not stop AC Milan selling her boyfriend Alexandre Pato, amid speculation French club Paris Saint Germain are preparing a massive bid for the Brazil striker.

Barbara, a member of the board of the club owned by her father, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, told her close circle of friends it was up to Milan's managers to decide on an eventual transfer, according to ANSA sources.

Barbara Berlusconi, 27, also told friends she was bemused at how false reports that she was pregnant with Pato's child had been published in the media.

After months on the front of gossip magazines, she and Pato appeared to formalise their relationship when they went to La Scala Opera House and appeared hand in hand at the premiere of Don Giovanni on December 7.

According to some media reports, the relationship between Pato and Barbara Berlusconi has caused embarrassment within the Milan squad.

But on Monday Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri denied reports that relations between him and Pato were tense and said the Brazil striker was staying at the Italian champions.

Speculation linking Pato to Paris Saint Germain, who are now under former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, was fuelled by the player recently complaining of a ''lack of dialogue'' with Allegri.

''Pato is a Milan player and I hope and believe that he will stay for the rest of the season,'' Allegri said.

''I'm sure he'll stay with us. There are no problems between me and Pato''.

Some sports pundits believe Milan Chief Executive Adriano Galliani, who is trying to reinforce the club's attack by signing Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, would be tempted to accept a reported bid of over 40 million euros from Paris Saint Germain.

Barbara Berlusconi is dating Pato after splitting with her companion of 10 years, JP Morgan associate Giorgio Valaguzza, with whom she has two children.

In 2010 Pato separated from his wife, Brazilian soap star Sthefany Brito, after nine months together.

The Brazilian has scored 51 goals in Serie A since joining Milan from Internacional in 2007.

He has 18 Brazil caps and has scored six times for his country.

Filippo Inzaghi, meanwhile, deflated speculation he might move from Milan in the January transfer window, saying Thursday that he loved the seven-time European champions too much to leave.

Italian media had reported that the veteran was thinking of ending his 10-year stint at Milan after hardly being used since recovering from a knee-ligament injury that caused him to miss almost all of last season.

Allegri said last month that Inzaghi should reassess his situation if he was unhappy, stressing that he considered the former Italy international his ''fifth striker''.

''I love this shirt too much to think of leaving,'' the 38-year-old told reporters at Milan's Malpensa airport after the squad returned from a training camp in Dubai.

''I don't need promises (of more playing time). I know what I have to do - work.

''I'm in good shape and want to play''.

Inzaghi, a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning squad, has scored 125 goals for Serie A champions Milan since moving from Juventus in 2001, including the double that earned them a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final. 

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