It has been revealed that the north Londoners made an approach for Brazil international Alexandre Pato late ion deadline day, but the bid was rejected.
News of a late Tottenham bid for former AC Milan attacker Alexandre Pato have emerged, with reputable BBC correspondent Tim Vickery revealing that the north Londoners were unsuccessful in bringing the Brazil international to White Hart Lane.
Pato made his name during six seasons in Italy with AC Milan, and has amassed 24 caps for his nation. However, debilitating injuries and a drop in form saw the attacker return to his homeland in January, with Corinthians paying a cool €15 million to bring him back to South America.
Vickery has stated that Spurs lodged an offer for Pato at the death of the transfer window, but refrained from divulging the amount on the table.
“The Brazil striker that Tottenham made a bid for, according to Corinthians, was Alexander Pato, who Corinthians brought back for big money from Milan,” Vickery told talkSPORT.
“Tottenham’s bid, according to Corinthians, didn’t match the fee that the club paid for him. Corinthians were not impressed with the bid because they wouldn’t recoup the huge fee that they paid for him.”
Spurs spent over £110 million over the summer months, bringing in seven international-quality players to try and make up for Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid.
There is seemingly a link to Brazil in Tottenham’s transfer thinking, with Sandro and Paulinho currently at the club. With the north Londoner’s working partnership with Internacional and repeated efforts to sign Leandro Damiao in the past, it appears that the South American country is a market that the White Hart Lane side will be paying attention to.
Pato certainly would have been an interesting addition to Tottenham’s attacking options. The Brazilian’s technique, pace and eye for goal would have offered up an added alternative for Andre Villas-Boas to select from. Whether he would have competed with Roberto Soldado as a lone frontman or in the number ten role behind the Spaniard would have been fascinating, as the former Milan man has the ability to play in both roles.
Given Pato is only 24, if he can recover some of the form that shot him to superstardom in Italy and regain a spot in the national team, it won’t be long before European clubs come knocking once more. Spurs are obviously keeping an eye on the attacker, and he would be an excellent acquisition further down the track if he became available.
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