Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has announced that he will leave current club Sao Paulo this coming January.
The 26-year-old was once viewed as one of the most promising strikers in Europe. Having broken into the AC Milan first team at just 18 years of age, Pato scored on his Serie A debut in a 5-2 victory over Napoli in 2008.
Pato went on to have four admirable seasons for the club before a string of thigh and hamstring injuries saw his form substantially dropping until eventually, Milan decided to cash in on the striker, selling him to Brazilian side Corinthians for €15 million in January 2013.
Since returning to Brazil, Pato seems to have resurrected his career somewhat. Currently on loan at Sao Paulo, the former Brazil international has scored 25 goals in 55 appearances for the side – a record which is just under 1 goal for every 2 games played.
Considering his rise in form, Pato was linked to a number of European clubs over the summer with Tottenham Hotspur touted as the most likely destination. However, the frontman also recently revealed that Manchester United were extremely interested in doing a deal that would bring him to Old Trafford on deadline day.
In an interview with Globo, Pato said:
“I won’t lie, two hours before closing the transfer window, I had a very nice offer from Manchester United. I was expecting it, but I only knew after when they offered. But my focus now is here. I am working to do my best and possibly stay at Sao Paulo.”
Since giving that interview however it seems things have changed and the 26-year-old is now certain that he will leave Sao Paulo this coming January.
Where Pato will end up remains to be seen but with Manchester United currently incapable of finding the net, it seems highly likely that he may indeed end up in Old Trafford.
Check out two incredible Pato goals below.
Alexandre Pato: “I will leave São Paulo in January.” pic.twitter.com/6Tk1VpqTGd
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) November 1, 2015