Could £11m deal scupper one-time €24m striker's link with Arsenal and Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are both said to be chasing Alexandre Pato. But could the sale of Leandro Damiao to Santos open up an old door for him?

AC Milan invested a sensational €24 million in 2007 for the transfer of talented Brazilian youngster Alexndre Pato - and after scoring on his debut against Napoli the future was supposed to be nothing but bright.

However things soon went south for the player. On the pitch his performances dipped, while off the pitch his image was tarnished by reports of constant partying and a relationship with the daughter of Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.

So he made the move to Corinthians in January, for a fee of €15 million, and things started well - with a goal on his debut.

Now he is being linked with a move away, as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly look into his services. In fact, Pato has even stated he rejected the overtures of Spurs this summer.

And why not? 24-years-old, Brazilian international, can play across the front-line - he is the perfect signing.

Plus, the Corinthians fans don’t even want him.

According to a poll with the clubs fans, they would quite like to see him go - voting him second behind new-boy Ibson as players they ‘would like to see leave the club this January’.

The fans are said to be upset with his apparently lazy performances, and they also feel he has no affiliation with the club, and therefore lacks the passion necessary to play for the club.

Corinthians themselves have even admitted he could be let go this winter - with director of football Roberto de Andrade stating this week:

“We can negotiate about him, like any player, but in order to have a negotiation, there must be clubs interested in signing him and Pato so far has not asked to leave."

But the fans don’t want him and you wonder how long he could put up with that situation.

So with Arsenal and Spurs both after striking recruits it seems a good deal.

But could a more plausible option have just become available.

His first club Internacional Porto Alegre have recently agreed to flog their star striker, and long term Tottenham target, Leandro Damiao to Santos for a fee in the region of £11 million - while Diego Forlan is also set to leave on a free transfer in January.

So they need a striker and have cash in the bank.

Surely it is a deal that just makes sense.

image: © simonw92

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