According to a report in the Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb, Liverpool have an agreement in principle to sign Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato.
The Brazil international has gone off the radar somewhat in recent seasons after he opted to leave Italian giants AC Milan for a controversial switch back to his native Brazil.
For a player of his talent and potential, going back to South America at such a young age was generally viewed as bizarre among supporters pleading for their club to take a chance on him.
Still, he seemingly hasn’t lost his ability to wreak havoc in the final third as a loan spell to fellow Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo has coincided with an excellent goal scoring return throughout 2015.
The Brazil international would join fellow countrymen Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in an attack instructed by popular coach Jurgen Klopp, an exciting proposition for the Reds’ supporters.
Pato, now 26, scored 63 goals in 150 appearances in all competitions for AC Milan and if he came back to Europe displaying the same sort of capabilities, he would represent a real coup.
However, Liverpool supporters have offered a mixed response to the reports, as while acknowledging his raw ability, many wrote on Twitter that his injury record could be of some concern.
Pato is the Brazilian Andy Carroll. Injury prone. Lazier than he has any business being. Why is everyone excited again? #LFC— LFC New Haven (@LFCConnecticut) November 7, 2015
Pato to #lfc in January, front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Pato. Woof what a skilful trident— Scot Munroe (@ScotM87) November 7, 2015
Not sure what to make of #LFC agreein deal in principle for the transfer of Pato,world class few years back but another injury prone player— Cain (@Cain_Abbott) November 7, 2015
Pato? No thanks. Will try to put an additional £10m and try to go after Lacazette again. We can do better than a gamble. #LFC— Dëvesh (@LFCDev) November 7, 2015
Really hope these pato rumours are true have a feeling he can be back to his best under klopp and under a fan base that will love him #LFC— Zakah Ahmed (@ZAK_LFC10) November 7, 2015
Reus injury prone too,Pato is perfect for #LFC amazing Player!— ky_Lanzafamé (@Lanzafam3_96) November 7, 2015