Arsenal’s bid of £6.5million for Alexandre Pato has been rejected by Brazilian side Corinthians, according to reports.
Arsene Wenger is currently in the market to land a striker this January as he has only Frenchma Olivier Giroud at his disposal.
The North London club has Danish striker,Nicklas Bendtner as a replacement,who himself is unsettled at the Emirates and hasn't scored for Arsenal since 2011.
Pato left Milan in January,2013 for Corinthians for a reported fee of €15million but has largely failed to live up to expectations and has now fallen out of favour with the fans in recent weeks who are dissatisfied with his unimpressive performances in front of goal.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has struggled to settle in with the Sao Paulo based outfit, scoring just 17 goals in 57 appearances in all competitions ,and now an exit from the club looks certain.
Pato has only started three games of the last 11 league matches for the Brazilian club.
Arsenal has been monitoring his situation for sometime,while rivals Tottenham too failed with their £12million bid to land the striker in the summer.
Corinthians are ready to sell but are holding out for a fee closer to what they paid the Italian giants, AC Milan to secure his services.
Pato himself could be open to a move as he has struggled to find his feet in the Brazilian league and is on the look-out for pastures new.
He wants to make the Brazilian squad for World Cup 2014 in his homeland and favours a new challenge at a new club could come as a blessing-in-disguise.
Nicknamed “The Duck”, Pato has played 25 matches for Brazil,scoring ten goals since 2008.
It remains to be seen if Wenger decides to pay more and land the striker as he is desperate to have someone in the squad as cover for Olivier Giroud. Arsenal are currently leading the League standings with 31 points after 13 matches.
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