Ataide Gil Guerreiro confirms Sao Paulo want to sign Alexandre Pato on permanent deal, despite Tottenham interest

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Tottenham want to sign Pato, but it appears as if he will be staying with Sao Paulo.

Speaking to the Mirror, Sao Paulo president Ataide Gil Guerreiro has admitted that he wants to keep Alexandre Pato at the club, despite rumours linking him with an exit from Brazil.

He said: “I am determined to keep him. I’m working a way we can keep him permanently after December.”

Pato is currently on loan at Sao Paulo from fellow Brazilian side Corinthians, and his return to goalscoring form in his homeland has seen the Brazilian international linked with a switch to the Premier League.

Globoesporte reported over the weekend that Pato’s agent was in London hoping to seal a deal to take the 25-year-old to England. Spurs are linked in the report as being the most interested party, but the Mirror report claims that Pato has no desire to leave Sao Paulo as of yet.

The Tricolor want to keep hold of him, as confirmed by Guerreiro, and he has admitted that he is working on a deal to change Pato's loan signing to a permanent one before it expires on December 31 of this year.

It is claimed that Corinthians are looking to cash in on Pato as soon as possible, and a move to the Premier League could appeal to the Brazilian side as they are likely to make a large profit on his sale.

However, Pato himself wants to stay with Sao Paulo, and it appears as if the 25-year-old is another striker that Spurs will miss out on.

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