Tottenham Hotspur may need a new bona fide goal-scorer in January and the Brazilian fits the bill and, most importantly, he should be available.
At first glance, the rumour could easily be dismissed. After all, Pato is 26 and he would not come cheap, but a mid-season bid for the player could actually be a sensible option for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Harry Kane’s poor form this season means Tottenham could certainly do with additional fire-power at the first available opportunity, and while Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son will certainly help neither is an out-and-out striker.
Pato is and if Tottenham signed him they could get an experienced and talented forward at a vital point of the season, because let’s face it: West Bromwich Albion are not going to part with Saido Berahino midway through the campaign and the same can be said for most top strikers in Europe.
Pato, however, is a realistic option and if Tottenham are there or thereabouts in the race for a top-four finish, investing in the Brazilian could be the spark that pushes them over the finishing line.
Pato may have become something of a journeyman but he has scored wherever he has played, including 63 goals in 150 appearances for AC Milan. So is that really the kind of talent Tottenham can dismiss out of hand when it is exactly what they need?