The Brazilian, Alexandre Pato joined the Italian outfit, AC Milan as a mere 17-year old back in 2007, and he turned out to be an early bloomer as his growth to prominence was almost immediate. He shot onto the scene as a mere boy as he scored on his Serie A debut against Napoli.
What soon followed was nothing short of a miracle as he was speed tracked into the first-team in no time and cemented his place in the Milan attack. He reached his peak in the 2010-11 season as he scored 14 goals in the league, however he has suffered a colossal dropin form since then. Much was down to the recurring injuries he was plagued with, which hampered his playing time in the subsequent seasons, which ultimately took a toll on his form.
As time passed, he was then unfortunately edged out of the first-team as he was substituted due to the recent emergence of youngster Stephan El Sharaawy and also the arrival of former Manchester City maverick Mario Balotelli.
It was clearly difficult for him to displace the two and get back to the first-team, and Milan too felt that letting him go would be the logical decision. As a result, he was sold Corinthians in his home country Brazil early this year. The transfer did not stop him being a target for other clubs, as London outfit Tottenham made their interest known in him.
Pato has also spoken of their interest, and his decision of rejecting their advances. He said, “Tottenham had called Corinthians to ask for my transfer. I sat at the table with the club and my agent and I decided I wanted to stay.”
Daily Mail now suggest that Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal are now eyeing him up as a possible January signing. Manager Arsene Wenger intends to get a second striker to the team after missing out on some key forwards in the summer. He wants to go shopping for forwards in January and has added Pato’s name to the potential targets list.
Do you see Arsenal possibly signing him up in this coming transfer window?