Arsene Wenger hopes to lure Brazilian to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to make a significant bid for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato after monitoring the Brazilian for the past six months. The young forward was apparently offered to Arsenal back in 2007 but the Emirates Stadium boss, though interested, decided to pass on the former Internacional man but will now look to re-ignite his interest in the Serie A star.
Pato is no longer an automatic choice for boss Massimiliano Allegri and a move away from the San Siro seems eminently possible and indeed some sources have stated that the Rossoneri were angling to use the striker as makeweight in a deal to bring Carlos Tevez to the club.
The 22 year old Brazilian international has managed just three goals this term and strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho appear to be ahead of the youngster in the AC Milan pecking order leaving Pato wondering about his future at the club.
Alexandre Pato is now in his fifth season at AC Milan and has thus far notched up a very healthy 60 goals from 137 appearances and would be a player many sides would like to get hold of if indeed Allegri was ready to sell.
Arsenal boss Wenger is looking to bring in strong attacking alternatives who can help share the goal-scoring burden with Robin Van Persie, who has had an excellent 2011. The Gunners manager may also feel that a successful move to sign such a high profile player may help persuade his club captain of the ambition the North London side possesses, which may in turn help to convince the Dutch international to put pen to paper on a new contract.
There has been a great deal of speculation that Van Persie could leave Arsenal with a number of sides said to be ready to take advantage of the fact that the former Feyenoord man has less than 18 months on his current contract to make an offer for the in form striker in the summer. A move to sign Pato may well be just what is needed to show the Arsenal skipper that the club does have ambitions, and funds, to once again challenge for major honours.
The need to bring in striking alternatives is fairly evident given that the club’s next top scorer, after Van Persie’s incredible 16 goal Premier League tally, has just three goals to their name (Gervinho, Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta all reaching that figure).
Arsenal are said to be ready to make an offer of around £23m for Pato who helpfully combines the club’s need for an effective striking option and Arsene Wenger’s keenness to build for the future.