Another day, another update on Alexandre Pato’s possible move from Sao Paulo to Tottenham.
The headline story on Brazilian news outlet UOL on Sunday morning centred on Tottenham’s potential capture of Alexandre Pato before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Pato, 25, has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the last few weeks of the summer.
Last weekend, the Telegraph linked Pato with an £11m move to either Manchester United or Chelsea, but now it’s Tottenham who are widely listed as the prime suitor for the striker.
Pato is currently on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians, however news spilled out over the weekend that the player’s representative Giuliano Bertolucci had flown to London to complete a deal with Mauricio Pochettino’s side before the end of the transfer window.
On Saturday, Pato featured as Sao Paulo beat Ponte Preta 3-0, and after the game the striker was non-committal about his future. He said:
I do not know, I have today, tomorrow we’ll see what happens. We’ll see on Monday. I have to see.
The manager will come here I will talk to him. And I have to sit, I have to study. I want to stay (at Sao Paulo), but it’s not up to me.
Brazilian website Globo have today confirmed that Pato will speak to his representatives today about a possible move, while Globo add that Tottenham are willing to spend 11 million euros on the striker.
Globo also warn their readers that the Pato deal could be negotiated up until the 11.59pm on Tuesday night.
Aside from those updates, Globo also carry quotes from Pato’s Sao Paulo teammates expressing their hopes that the forward stays put. Paulo Henrique Ganso told the South American news outlet:
I hope he doesn’t leave, because he is helping us a lot. I’m hoping he at least until the end of the year, when the (loan) contract (from Corinthians) ends.
If he leaves, it’s a great loss. We would need another striker. Losing the top scorer of our team is complicated after we’ve lost so many players, but we’ll have to go looking for another striker. It is difficult in the middle of the Brazilian season to find a striker of such quality.
Globo finally report that Sao Paulo are trying to claim that Corinthians are prohibited from selling Pato without certain conditions being met. Sao Paulo are reportedly arguing that under the terms of Pato’s loan agreement, Corinthians can only sell the striker if they receive a bid in excess of 20 million euros.
The saga continues…