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Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, who was recently on loan at Sau Paulo, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea or Liverpool his most likely destination. Can Pato come to life in England, or will the Premier League be a step too far for the 26-year-old?
The Brazil international emerged on the scene with some breakthrough performances with AC Milan in 2007. The striker spent five years at the San Siro, staking up over 150 appearances for the Italian club, netting over 60 goals in the process.
Injury after injury
However, despite impressing during his time in Italy, Pato suffered numerous injuries and loss of form, which resulted in him falling down the pecking order in Milan. He returned to his native country with Corinthians in January 2013, but has yet to live up to the high standards he set earlier in his career.
Now, it looks as though the wayward forward could be on his way to the Premier League this January. Chelsea and Liverpool, who are both enduring tough seasons this term, are reportedly locked in battle to secure the Corinthians hitman’s signature.
Latest reports suggest that Chelsea are favourites to land the Brazilian ace this January. With rumours of an £8m deal being discussed between both clubs. But, will Pato be a good signing for the Blues or indeed the Reds this winter?
There’s no doubt about it, on his day, the Brazilian forward can be a top-class striker. He’s proven over the years with some stunning performances in Serie A, the Champions League and at international level, that he has the raw talent to cause any defence problems on any given day.
However, he’s sometimes lacked the composure and the temperament to perform consistently at the the top level.
A gamble worth taking
Pato would no doubt be a gamble. But with Chelsea and Liverpool’s current situation, he could turn out to be a risk worth taking.
Written by Gareth Hinton
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