Alexandre Pato

Transfer-listed Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato is best known from his time with AC Milan.

The Brazilian notched up 51 goals in 117 Serie A appearances in the space of four and a half years, so you can understand why the ears of several Premier League clubs have been pricked by the news that Tiamo are now willing to offload the high earner for just £10million this January.

But one has to consider why the Brazilian top flight outfit are so keen to sell the 24 year-old; mainly because he’s found just 17 goals in 57 appearances, with only nine coming in the league, since returning to his homeland in a £12million deal in January 2013.

Hardly what you’d describe as a cost-effective return in a division that churns out world-class talents for fun, and despite playing right under Philippe Scolari’s nose, it’s looking increasingly unlikely Pato will play any significant role for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, and could even end up missing out on the 23-man squad.

Furthermore, the forward’s San Siro tenure was blighted by injury, especially in its latter stages. He never bettered the 36 Italian top flight appearances of his second campaign, and made just 15 appearances during his last 18 months with the Milan outfit due to a series of extended bouts on the sidelines.

Considering his low goal output in Brazil and burdening injury problems, the 24 year-old could already be past his best, and represents a transfer punt Arsenal don’t need to take.


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