'I have received offers,' one of the most revered teenagers of world football a half decade ago said to SportTV.
That player, a mainstay of the 2008-09 AC Milan team, who won a Scudetto in 2011, who has returned ten goals from 27 international appearances with Brazil and was once valued at over £30m when his team-mates included players such as international team-mates Kaka and Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and David Beckham.
That player is Alexandre Pato, a 24-year-old transferred back to Brazil, to Corinthians, in January earlier this year for an approximate £12m fee but one who still had a number of admirers in Europe, one of them being Tottenham Hotspur while their London rivals Arsenal are also believed to be interested.
Spurs had an unprecedented summer splurge which included the acquisitions of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen and, speaking recently, Pato revealed that while there was firm interest from the Lilywhites in acquiring his signature, he wished to continue to represent the Sao Paulo-based outfit.
'Tottenham called the Corinthians, sent a fax to get my signature to transfer in the last transfer window, but I sat down with the leaders of the Corinthians and my agent and I told them that I wanted to stay.'
In the same report, Tottenham - as well as Arsenal - are cited as two teams who have retained an interest in the player's services. Since returning to Brazil from Europe at the start of the calendar year, Pato has competed in 51 matches, scoring 16 times. It is a goals to games ratio, 1:3, that he has not bettered for over two years.
Pato may have been welcomed back to the national team but considering his transfermarkt.co.uk value of £12m, together with his substandard goals return when compared to other forwards both Arsenal and Spurs have been linked with, the risk/reward factor may not be worth it…