Brazilian ace Alexandre Pato has said he has spoken to compatriots Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool, and desires a move to the Premier League.
The former AC Milan attacker has placed himself in the shop window on a visit to England, telling Oliver Holt of the Mail On Sunday he is now ready to return to elite European competition:
I like the emotion in the English league. You look at the TV and you see the stadium and the fans. I remember that when we [AC Milan] played Arsenal, they were very strong and very fast. My special thing is my speed. I’m fast. I think that’s good because the football here is very quick.
I don’t think the physical part of English football would be a problem. When you get the ball, you need to be ready. The defenders here are very tough but I like that. I have spoken to Willian, Firmino, Coutinho and David Luiz before. I think Brazilian players can play here. You mix talent and intelligence and Brazilian players can play here.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Colin Harvey of the Daily Star) previously reported Pato would join Liverpool in January for £14.3 million. However, Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade poured cold water on the claims, per Brazilian outlet SporTV (h/t ESPN FC): "Corinthians have received nothing. Nothing concrete has arrived."
Pato has been linked with a host of clubs after rediscovering his scoring touch in Brazilian football. The striker scored 26 goals in 59 matches last season while on loan from Corinthians to Sao Paulo, according to Holt, leading the team into next season's prestigious Copa Libertadores.
The Telegraph confirmed the former Rossoneri player was in attendance at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea defeated Porto in the Champions League in midweek, fuelling rumours he could be a target for the Premier League champions. A fan also took a picture with Pato, proving he was at the game:
At 26, there is still plenty of life left in Pato as a player, but it is questionable whether he is the elite talent many believed he would become. He has certainly hit the goal trail in the last 12 months, but the Premier League can be an unforgiving league.
However, Pato's pace would be welcomed by Reds coach Jurgen Klopp, as he looks to mould his new side into his vision of an attacking unit.
Pato has excellent experience in the Champions League, and at the aforementioned price, he could be considered a bargain.
Here is a video of the player's recent feats for his loan club:
Pato appeared highly enthused in his interview with Holt, and he is clearly pushing for a move to England as soon as possible. He spoke positively about appearing in the Champions League once again, and if Klopp can convince him the competition is in Liverpool's future, a transfer to Anfield might become a reality.
The attacker told Holt he believes Premier League football is his destiny, saying "one day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the No. 1 in the world."
Pato would be reassured by the presence of Coutinho and Firmino, as he chooses a club that fits his ideals.
Klopp's desire to attack with verve will also appeal to him above more defensive units such as Manchester United and Chelsea.
The player is likely to arrive on English shores if he gets his way in the next few months, and a marriage on Merseyside between player and club could boost Pato back to prominence on the world stage.