€8m December target for Arsenal and Spurs makes Brazilian swap

Corinthians

Alexandre Pato was being linked with a move to North London in the winter. But the troublesome striker has now been traded domestically.

Ever since he burst onto the scene with electrifying performances at Internacional as a youngster - Alexandre Pato has been tipped for stardom.

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

He has gone on to score important goals in big matches. Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Barcelona can all vouch for his obvious talents. However, his time with the club turned sour in 2011-12 and in January 2013 he left the club.

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

But his lacklustre performances on the pitch and seemingly poor attitude off the pitch saw him unwanted at the club - even by the fans.

Well they now have their wish.

He has switched Corinthians for Sao Paulo in a straight swap deal for Jadson- as both teams were happy to get each player off of their roster.

But Pato is now unlikely to be heading back to Europe anytime soon - which could apparently be bad news for Arsenal and Tottenham.

The North London duo were both linked with a move for the player in December 2013 - with an €8 million bid from Arsenal rejected by the club. Tottenham were also said to be keen on his signature.

And recently, after an apparent deadline day bid from Juventus, his agent admitted he might be on his way in the summer of 2014:

“We received a couple of offers from Italy …the Bianconeri wanted the player on loan with an option to buy, but Corinthians rejected the proposal. However, I don’t doubt Juve will go back on the attack for Pato in August.”

That deal, or a deal to North London will not be happening now - as Sao Paulo now have the burden of Alexandre Pato on their hands.

image: © *Marina Almeida

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