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Arsenal and Tottenham keeping an eye on Pato

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Former AC Milan striker, Alexandre Pato, has got Arsenal and Tottenham's attention after hinting of a return to European football following an unhappy homecoming to Brazil at the beginning of last year.

Pato, capped 27-times for his country, is still only 24-years old, and decided to move away from his beloved AC Milan at the beginning of last year following a series of injuries, resulting in a loss of form.

His decision to leave AC was as much about his private life as it was his form and desire for a new challenge, however what surprised most was his choice to return home to Corinthians and not to remain in Europe, a decision that has ultimately cost him an opportunity of representing his country in a home World Cup. 

The Express has reported that the talented Brazilian has told La Gazetta, that Italy will always remain in his heart, suggesting that perhaps a European move is on the cards, and at £12 million, Arsenal and Tottenham are looking at the situation and could potentially hijack any Italian bid.

Napoli are reportedly interested in offering Pato a lifeline, with Rafa Benitez the perfect man to help lift the Brazilian to his former heights and alongside Argentinian international Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli could end up with a formidable front pairing.

However, with former team mate, Filippo Inzaghi now in charge at AC Milan, one wonders whether he will be tempted to give the former star an opportunity to return to the San Siro, a club that he scored 51 goals at in 117 appearances.

Pato's goalscoring feats for the club made him a fans favourite, and his relationship with Barbara Berlusconi made him Silvio Berlusconi's favourite, but considering they are no longer together, perhaps a return to the San Siro wouldn't be the best move from a personal point of view.

If the two London clubs want to get involved in the bidding war they will have to convince the Brazilian that pie and chips is far better for you than Penne Arrabita and a nice bottle of Tuscan red, something that perhaps will only be possible if they talk in Pounds.

Since his return to Corinthians the striker has been criticised heavily by their demanding fans, and after a return of 10 goals in 28 games, it is believed that new coach Mano Menezes no longer wanted him at the club.

As a result he was loaned out to Sao Paulo, however he will have an opportunity this transfer window to move back to Europe and cover the fee laid out by Corinthians.

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