After returning home to kick-start his stalled career, Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato now has every reason to mount a comeback on the European scene with a Premier League club.
A series of recurring injuries rendered the Brazilian incapable of consistently producing his unstoppable best at AC Milan and ultimately cost him his place as a first-choice forward to Italian starlet Stephan El Shaarawy.
Despite suffering a total of 16 injuries since signing for the Italian giants as a 17-year-old, his record for the club stands at 51 goals in 117 league appearances – not bad considering he left before his 24th birthday.
Fitness problems failed to mar his national team prospects though as he won 22 senior caps for Brazil during his time with the Rossoneri.
But with Neymar and Hulk continuing to impress for Barcelona and Zenit Saint Petersburg respectively, the pedigree offered by UEFA Champions League involvement could stifle Pato's chances of convincing manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he is worthy a starting role at the 2014 World Cup.
To ensure his club status does not damage the likelihood of him securing a key long-term role for the Selecao, the 24-year-old could be better off plying his trade in the most media-saturated competition on the planet – the Barclays Premier League.
What's more, his cry for a move to England could not come at a better time as Chelsea and Arsenal are both widely expected to be in the market for a top striker this January.
The Blues have previously been linked with Pato and if Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o maintain their failure to come to the fore at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho could see fit to take an interest in the former Internacional youngster.
Likewise, Arséne Wenger cannot continue to solely rely on Olivier Giroud in attack, and with no established back-up striker on the cards, another foray into the transfer market this January seems mandatory.
Although his only experience in Europe comes from the tactics-heavy Italian league, the Premier League giants should study Manchester City star Sergio Agüero to get a rough glimpse of what to expect.
Similar to the skilful Argentine, Pato is blessed with frightening speed off the mark – remember that incredible goal he scored against Barcelona in the opening-minute of their 2011/12 Champions League encounter? Watch it here if your memory fails you.
His goalscoring record as an injury-plagued prodigy is remarkable, but it is hair-raising to envision what he could be capable of if he managed to banish his health problems for good.
So if he can toughen up his seemingly glass body, Pato could revolutionise a period when a number of Premier League sides are yearning for a reliably dangerous goalscorer.
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