Alexandre Pato's mission to seal himself a move to the Premier League went into overdrive on Thursday after he told the Independent that he was ready to take on the challenge of the English game.
But that wasn't the only revelation he dropped during an interview with journalist Liam Canning. He also said he's been in touch with current Premier League and Brazil stars Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Willian.
He told the same report: “One day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the number one in the world. It is very competitive.
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"I don’t think the physical part of English football would be a problem. When you get the ball, you need to be ready. The defenders here are very tough but I like that. I have spoken to Willian, Firmino, Coutinho and David Luiz before."
The Liverpool duo of Coutinho and Firmino would probably be delighted to welcome their compatriot to Anfield, but whether he could compete with Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings is certainly up for debate.
But that doesn't appear to matter as the same report states that Pato, 26, would opt for a move to Chelsea over Liverpool anyway. That is despite the fact that the Blues have experienced a torrid time of it this season and need a miracle to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Compared to Liverpool, Chelsea would seem more prepared to bring Pato to England. They have seen Radamel Falcao fail to impress on loan while the future of Loic Remy remains in doubt. Guus Hiddink is looking to reinforce his forward line and Pato seems happy to play back-up to Diego Costa.
Once a prodigy at AC Milan, Pato has fallen from the limelight in recent years but has been scoring goals back in his native Brazil.
26 goals in 59 appearances for Sao Paulo last season helped elevate the club into next season's Libertadores Cup and appears to have caught the eye of several suitors.
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