Over the past couple of weeks, practically since the moment that Corinthians lifted the Club World Cup in Japan, AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has been linked with a move back to Brazil to join the São Paulo-based giants.
Pato, 23, joined the Rossoneri from childhood club Internacional five years ago and has gone on to record a fantastic strike rate in his time in Italy. However, only once in five seasons has he managed to make 30 league appearances—with injury a common theme over recent seasons in particular.
With both appearances and goals drying up, Milan have found that they cannot rely upon the Brazilian to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic—as had been the plan. Offers from major European sides have also dried up.
However, given his relative youth, why would he consider a return to Brazilian football at this stage? Let's take a look.