The Alex Pato to Liverpool stories will explode again after respected Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who’s got his own Wikipedia page and 141k Twitter followers, claimed that a €15m fee has been agreed between the Reds and the striker’s parent club Corinthians.
Pedulla’s exclusive story, published on his own website, claims that Pato will turn down the advances of Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian due to the fact there’s already an agreement with Liverpool.
We’ll pay €15m plus performance based bonuses for the Brazilian striker, says the reports.
The forward was once touted as a future Ballon d’Or winner, but his move to AC Milan from his homeland eventually sizzled out amid reports of a poor attitude and fitness, and he returned home to Brazil in 2013.
Back in November, Corinthians president Roberto Andrade claimed Pato’s move to Liverpool was signed and sealed, but they proved inaccurate, via ESPN.
We did find the quotes strange though, and with our current problems with strikers, this deal makes some sense.
Pato’s quick, runs channels, offers exciting movement and will link up well with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho. He scored 26 club goals in total during 2015, more than Liverpool have managed in the Premier League this season.
Still, it might prove that these latest reports are bogus as well – but we’d personally be delighted if Pato were to arrive at Anfield for a fee that translates as £11m. That’s ‘Shane Long’ money nowadays.