Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade has claimed he may be open to selling striker Alexandre Pato in the January transfer window, with Arsenal reportedly interested in his signature.
The Gunners are after more depth up front and the Brazilian has had the ability in the past to be a big name in football. After bursting onto the scene as a youngster Pato became one of the most talked about youngsters, however injury haltered his development and he gradually fell down the pecking order at AC Milan as a result.
He returned to his homeland in January this year after spending five-and-a-half seasons with the Italian giants, joining Corinthians for a fee believed to be around £12.18m in an attempt to recover his form.
De Andrade knows it will be difficult to fend off interest from England and has is resided to possibly selling him in Europe’s winter transfer window.
According to Skysports, De Andrade told Radio Bandeirantes:
Considering his value, I think it’s hard that he moves to another Brazilian club.
If those two clubs (Arsenal and Tottenham) are interested in Pato, we don’t rule out selling him in the winter transfer market.
Pato recently revealed an opportunity to join the Spuds over the summer, which he turned down (understandably), but he could be lured to England should a more exciting prospect come up.
The Brazilian has showcased his potential in the past but has failed to live up to his earlier hype. If he has indeed started to regain the form that saw Serie A heavyweights AC Milan fork out for him from Internacional as a youngster, then he should be a realistic target for Arsenal.
At 24-years-old he still has room to grow and develop under a top class manager like Arsene Wenger. Although the Gunners have Olivier Giroud with Nicklas Bendtner as backup, Wenger needs another striker who offers something different to Arsenal’s strike force and provide more depth numbers-wise in that position. Someone who can run at opponents defence with speed and is a good dribbler should be preferred.
He netted a respectable 51 goals in 117 appearances for the Rossoneri and since returning to Brazil has netted 8 times in 24. Hardly a tally to make us run for his signature, but nevertheless he has proven in the past he can play at the top level.
Personally I’d prefer us to go after a more established talent like Karim Benzema who, despite the Madrid faithful sometimes tormenting him, has been in scintillating form of late and would offer us excellent competition with Giroud. Or Diego Costa, but that’s maybe wishful thinking. We need more variety in our forwards as the two could also play together up top too.
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