Former AC Milan star Alexandre Pato could be on his way to England amid reports the on-loan Sao Paulo man will move to Tottenham. He has also been linked with Liverpool and Barcelona.
Pato Negotiations in Advanced Stages with Tottenham
Monday, Nov. 23
"The 26-year-old's agent Giuliano Bertolucci is understood to have travelled to London to meet with middleman Kia Joorabchian and thrash out the final details of a £10 million switch to White Hart Lane," reported Guy Birchall of The Sun.
Claims of Liverpool Move Fall Silent
Saturday, Nov. 7
Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade said Liverpool had agreed to a January deal for Pato, per Peter O'Rourke of ESPN.
However, nothing has materialised between the Reds and the Brazil international, with Spurs now clear front-runners.
Barcelona Reportedly Monitoring Pato
Friday, Oct. 30
"Pato is one of the options Barcelona are contemplating to reinforce the squad in January," relayed Albert Masnou of Sport. Technical secretary Robert Fernandez is said to have added his name to a "list" of potential targets who could be snapped up during the winter transfer window.
Pato Remains a Risk for Top Clubs
Despite his experience, Pato is a risk for top European sides and it is questionable whether the Brazilian will be up to speed with the hectic football of the Premier League or La Liga.
The attacker last represented his country in 2013, falling off the radar of most football fans, but Tottenham might give him a final chance to resurrect his career in one of the toughest leagues of all.
With only Harry Kane as a recognised striker, Spurs need reinforcement, so Pato would likely receive plenty of game time, something he's less likely to get competing with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke at Liverpool, or Neymar, Luis Suarez and Co. at Barcelona.