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Former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato has refused to rule out the possibility of returning to play in the Italian Serie A in the future. The Brazilian striker returned to his home country after suffering from several injury problems.
Pato was seen as one of the most talented players and one who could be the next Pele. Even though his Milan career started in an extremely promising fashion, injuries have robbed him of the ability to make a real impact. He returned to Brazil with Corinthians in order to overcome those problems. The initial loan deal became a permanent one and Pato now plays for São Paulo.
Pato had a huge fallout with the Corinthians supporters and it is highly unlikely that he will return to the club. His loan spell with São Paulo ends this year and his future looks bleak at this moment. Due to his injury problems coupled with a huge wage demand, Pato will struggle to find clubs that can afford him. Returning to Europe is a potential solution given that his wage demands are unlikely to be a problem for clubs in the top five European leagues. Given that Milan are once again struggling for form and strikers often score goals, the possibility of returning to the San Siro has been mentioned.
“I am on loan at São Paulo until 2015, but I miss Italy and friends that I left. At the moment, there are only rumours, I am focused on São Paulo but I am a professional. Let’s see what happens, no?” said the striker in what is in widely as an open invitation to European clubs to make an offer for him. Pato was a € 15 million signing from Milan two years ago. Few clubs in Brazil can offer this astronomical transfer fee without the support from sponsors.
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Alexandre Pato is a player that could never fulfill all the expectations and prospect that originated ever since Ac.Milan signed him from Internacional on August of 2007. The Brazilian attacker made a stunning start to his career in Europe as the young player finished the 2009-09 season on a high note by becoming the top goal-scorer for Ac.Milan with 18 goals and in the next season he became the first Brazilian to receive the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award.
His career started to decline when a series of injuries made him unable to play for a significantly long period of time. During his last 2 seasons for Ac.Milan, Pato only managed to make 15 league appearances before he was eventually offloaded to Corinthians.
Even with his consistent series of injuries there still are a few clubs in Europe that are interested in signing him and this is the case of Inter Milan as well as Sampdoria. Both Italian clubs have launched offers for Alexandre Pato but the Brazilian youngster has no intentions of leaving Brazil anytime soon.
Pato shut down rumors involving him with a return to the Italian League, Serie A as he said: ‘’I am in a big club and I want to win trophies here. I have received a number of offers from different clubs in Europe but my intention is to continue playing at Sao Paulo’’
Alexandre Pato is currently performing for Sao Paulo on a loan deal which runs up until December of 2015. The 24 years old Brazilian player was not in the plans of Corinthians’ head coach Mano Menezes and this is why Corinthians agreed on allowing Pato to join Sao Paulo on an extensive loan contract.
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Alexandre Pato spent 6 seasons in the Italian club Ac.Milan before being transferred to Corinthians. During his initial opening seasons in San Siro, he made his way into the first team with ease and as well as making a number of standout performances which saw him scoring 6 goals in 4 matches but the Brazilian attacker was plagued with injuries that forced him to be out of action for a considerable period of time.
His consistent series of injuries was one of the main reasons on why the board of Ac.Milan decided on selling him to Corinthians. Pato is currently playing in Sao Paulo and he has hinted out a return to Italy.
“Italy is marvelous and still remains in my heart. A return? We’ll see what happens.” Pato told reporters during a press conference.
If Pato is indeed interested in making a return to Italy or another league, this is a good opportunity for Arsenal on making a move for the Brazilian forward as Arsene Wenger previously attempted on signing him but their offer of €6.6 million was rejected by Corinthians back in January.
There even are reports of Internazionale de Milan being linked with a move for Alexandre Pato. If the 24 year old forward is unable to perform with his new club Sao Paulo, much like with what happened with Corinthians there is a possibility of him making a move to Europe as there are a number of clubs interested in signing the former Ac.Milan player.
Napoli, Arsenal and Tottenham are all clubs that have displayed interest in Pato but considering the past underwhelming seasons of the Brazilian player, his price tag is significantly lower than some years ago when he was shining for a short period of time with Ac.Milan.