The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League in recent times, with Daily Star noting that Liverpool were keen on bringing the forward to Anfield to bolster their forward line.
However, the Reds are set to face competition from Spurs, with Yahoo Brazil noting that the Lilywhites are also eyeing a move for the former AC Milan hitman.
In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Pato has both shared some encouraging words with his prospective new employers, while paradoxically dropping a hint that he wouldn’t consider Anfield or White Hart Lane.
“I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the number one in the world,” the 26-year-old began.
“Now I’m ready for a new challenge. I want to write a new story in Europe, to make a new history,” he continued.
“I want to come to win the championship and play again in the Champions League. I have dreams again. I want to create this new story, a good new story.”
Pato’s last revelation, that he is eyeing a return to the Champions League, may come as bad news to both Liverpool and Spurs.
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Unlike Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, neither of the pair could offer Pato an immediate return to the European Cup should he move in January, while both sit outside the top-four places at the time of writing, with no guarantees that they will unseat the existing top four of Manchester City, Manchester United, Leicester City and Arsenal.
The Liverpool Echo note that Pato is valued at £15 million, an encouraging fee for the Corinthians player, who has considerable experience at the top level, and who has already won both the Club World Cup (with Internacional) and the Serie A title with AC Milan.