Fiorentina want to sign Brazilian star Pato ahead of Tottenham tie

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Tottenham could have to face Alexandre Pato in the Europa League.

Fiorentina are preparing to face Tottenham in the Europa League, and hope striker Giuseppe Rossi will recover from his knee injury in time for the clash.

Yet having missed all season so far, there's no guarantee, and the Italian side are making enquiries to sign a former AC Milan striker.

Alexandre Pato is still just 25, and plays for Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he scored nine goals and provided four assists this season.

Italian newspaper La Nazione report that a deal to bring him to Fiorentina is 'increasingly likely', as negotiations begin ahead of the transfer window.

Fiorentina need inspiration, they are off the pace in eighth in Serie A having finished fourth last season and in Pato they would acquire an affordable talent with pedigree who is familiar with Italian football.

Only last year the former Brazilian international was linked with a switch to both Tottenham and Arsenal after falling out with fans at Corinthians but moved to Sao Paulo instead.

Pato was once lauded as the next great star of Brazilian football when he signed for AC Milan as a teenager, who hoped he could go on to emulate Kaka.

The move and hype proved too much too soon and he moved back to Brazil, with his fall from grace emphasised by his absence from the 2014 World Cup squad.

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