Alexandre Pato, the young prodigy at AC Milan, is currently in his native country Brazil playing for Sao Paulo. The Brazilian striker was deemed one of the most promising youngsters just a few seasons earlier, but injuries and a plummeting form led to him leaving the Italian outfit in 2013 for Corinthians.
Currently on loan at Sao Paulo, Pato is having a breakthrough season with Timao’s arch-rivals, scoring 21 goals in 42 games. That has prompted Corinthians to put a hefty price-tag for interested suitors of the forward. Moreover, the player owns 40% of his own economic rights.
Eduardo Ferreira, the Deputy Director of Football at Corinthians has revealed that clubs interested in Pato must meet their valuation and pay €25 million.
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Ferreira has told Brazilian publication Globo Esporte: ”At the moment there are only enquiries. But if a club comes in with an offer of €25m, we will let him go, otherwise he will return (in January).”
Pato struggled to find his feet at Corinthians which saw the club ready to release the player for €10 million. But a string of impressive showings for their league rivals in 2015 have made the authorities at the Sao Paulo-based club increase their valuation.
Pato is contracted with Corinthians till 2017, and the club are desperate to offload him at the right price next summer as they face a serious financial crisis at the moment.
According to ESPNFC, the 26-year-old himself disclosed that Premier League giants Manchester United were close to signing him this summer and also made an offer just two hours before the deadline.
News surfaced that Tottenham were contacted earlier this year by his agent and Pato was also offered to Chelsea during the summer, as per The Telegraph.
Pato wants to play Champions League football again and is also aiming to earn a national team call-up. A move to a bigger club might help in his quest of being among the best.
His agent, Gilmar Veloz reiterates that he will do his best to make sure his client gets his desired move, possibly to Europe.
Though several clubs are monitoring Pato and now with the valuation double the initial amount, it remains to be seen which clubs still pursue the dynamic centre-forward.