Club imply if Brazilian wants Arsenal, Spurs switch he should force it

£15m-rated striker has not yet spoken to Corinthians about Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur interest.

Striker Alexandre Pato, who returned a healthy 51 goals from 117 Serie A matches with AC Milan, could be one of the players changing clubs when the transfer market reopens for trading.

The 24-year-old scored ten in this season's Campeonato Brasileiro for Corinthians after sealing a £12.18m exit from Milan, but may spend just a solitary campaign back in Brazil as, following an apparent fall-out with coaching staff, the club appear keen to offload him for maximum value.

For many months now both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with making a move. For Spurs, it will be their second attempt after a bid in the summer succeeded with the club yet failed with the player.

Pato said at the time, as quoted by SporTV: 'Tottenham had called Corinthians to ask for my transfer. I sat at the table with the club and my agent and I decided I wanted to stay.'

Latest developments indicate that while Corinthians will do business, likely for a fee ranging between £15m and £18m, it will also have to come down to a willingness on behalf of the player, as stated by Roberto de Andrade, Corinthians director.

'We can negotiate for him, as with all players but to have negotiations, there must be clubs that are interested in recruiting him and Pato has so far not asked to leave,' Andrade said in Globo.

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