The Brazilian striker was hailed as one of the best players on the planet in his teenage years, but a series of injuries decimated his career at AC Milan, forcing him back to his homeland in 2013.
He has since returned to somewhere near his best on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians, but his parent club have made no secret of their desire to sell the 26-year-old in January.
“He is on so much money that he would have to take a drop in wages to come to England. He doesn’t like the physical side of the game and to be honest we can’t understand where these stories are coming from. Clearly it seems Corinthians would like to get wages off their bill, so that could be it.”
Reports also claim that Pato is unlikely to meet restrictions surrounding a work permit, as his last appearance for Brazil came over two years ago.
Third party ownership may also be an obstacle any interested side would have to negotiate.
Pato has, however, been in good form in 2015, firing 10 goals for Sao Paulo as they finished fourth in Brazil’s Serie A.