Tottenham and Arsenal are said to still be weighing up January bids for Selecao star.
Corinthians front man Alexandre Pato has confirmed that Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur did try and sign him during the recent summer transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The highly rated Brazil international only joined Corinthians from Serie A outfit AC Milan in January on a four-year deal for a fee of £12.8 million, however, Pato has now revealed that he and his agent were contacted by the north London club during the summer asking the 24-year-old to move to White Hart Lane this season.
“Tottenham had called Corinthians to ask for my transfer. I sat at the table with the club and my agent and I decided I wanted to stay,” Pato told Sportv.
Pato had spent six successful seasons at San Siro after originally joining the Rossoneri from Internacional in August 2007, with the Brazilian going on to find the back of the net on 63 occasions in total in his 150 appearances for the Italians in all competitions, including 51 strikes in his 117 Serie A contests for the club.
However, a loss of form caused by a succession of injuries led to Pato then falling out of favour at Milan, who instead brought in the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli to play up front in his place, with Pato then opting to quit the club and return back home.