Tottenham and Arsenal given boost in transfer pursuit

Alexandre Pato (Corinthians)

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato, as Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade revealed the club would be willing to listen to offers, reports the Daily Star.

Pato only returned to his homeland in January, ending a six-year stay with Italian giants AC Milan.

But despite only being at Corinthians for less than a year, de Andrade admits he could be on his way should the club receive a substantial offer from either of the North London clubs.

“Given his value, I think it is difficult for him to move to another Brazilian club,” he told Radio Bandeirantes.

“If the two clubs [Arsenal and Tottenham] are interested in Pato we do not exclude to sell him during the winter transfer market.”

Pato revealed only last week that he rejected the chance to join Tottenham in the summer, choosing to stay with Corinthians despite an offer from Andre Villas-Boas.

Meanwhile Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his attacking options, with Olivier Giroud the only out-and-out senior striker on the club’s books at present, with just Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo as back up.

Wenger and Villas-Boas look set to battle it out for Pato’s services in January, with both seemingly desperate to add the Brazilian to their attacking options.

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