Steve Parish confirms ‘talk’ about Crystal Palace signing Alexandre Pato

The Crystal Palace Eagle

The Brazilian striker has been linked with Crystal Palace this summer.

Pato has been offered to English clubs this summer, and Steve Parish has admitted to London24 that Crystal Palace have held talks concerning a move to sign the striker.

The chairman said: “Pato, there is talk. ‘Offered’ would indicate that the club have rung up. There is only one entity that can sell the player, it is the club that have got the player. We have had a conversation with intermediaries where we are led to believe that it is possible to buy that player for certain sums of money.”

Although playing down Palace’s interest in Pato, Parish has certainly confirmed that a deal could be lined up should the South London club wish to move for Pato.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Pato, 25, had been offered to Premier League clubs, as he wants to play in England.

Palace were listed as one of the teams said to be showing an interest in him, whilst local rivals West Ham were also indicated as a keen party.

However, there have yet to be any bids submitted for the Sao Paulo star, despite his wish to move to England this summer.

Parish has admitted that Palace are considering the player, and could secure a deal if they wanted to, but with the recent loan signing of Patrick Bamford, the need to sign a striker is less evident.

Pato would only want to sign if guaranteed first-team football in his preferred striking role, and it is likely that Chelsea only sanctioned Palace’s loan for Bamford if he is sure to play frequently.

Palace are not in need of the striker they have been tracking all summer due to signing Bamford, and any deal to take Pato to Selhurst Park looks to be very unlikely this summer.

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