Alexandre Pato Transfer Rumours: Latest on the Corinthians Star, Week of Jan. 6
It seems clear that former AC Milan star Alexandre Pato is set to leave his current club, Corinthians, during the summer transfer window. However, his destination is still unclear.
Arsenal have thus far been the club most frequently linked with the 24-year-old, despite Arsene Wenger denying interest.
Fellow London giants Tottenham have also been mentioned in connection with "The Duck," who Corinthians director of football Roberto De Andrade has said will be available, per Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports.
Wenger Denies Rumours
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said back on Dec. 3 that his club were not chasing the Brazilian.
Frenchman Olivier Giroud has been leading the line for the Gunners with considerable aplomb this season, but in terms of backup strikers, there don't appear to be many options for Wenger.
Despite this, he told a press conference that the stories linking Pato and Alvaro Morata to Arsenal were false, as reported on ESPN:
No, there's no truth in that. ... That's all I can say. I'm not in touch with them.
I am not concerned about that [new signings]. We have at the moment Yaya Sanogo who is a striker we brought in during the summer, who is coming back from injury in January. Hopefully he will help us in the second part of the season.
Pato's Unpopularity at Corinthians Fueling Transfer Speculation
The persistence of transfer rumors regarding Pato stem from the fact that Corinthians fans have not taken to the forward since his move from Milan.
Though he has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in form since returning to his native Brazil, Timao supporters have not been totally convinced that he is giving his all, as Luca Persico explains on Samba Foot:
Since returning to Brazil, Pato has enjoyed mixed success. In the Brasileirao, he scored nine goals in 30 appearances, which earned him a Selecao recall.
The former Milan player has, however, proven unpopular with the Corinthians faithful, who want him sold.
Reports have suggested Timao officials would be open to the idea, something de Andrade denies.