Spurs tried to lure Brazilian back to Europe.
Brazilian club Corinthians have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur failed with an astonishing late bid to bring former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato to White Heart Lane, the Metro reports.
The 24-year-old only returned back to his home country back in January after his form in Italy curtailed and the club wanted to make room for the incoming Mario Balotelli from Manchester City, but his recent form in the Brasileirão has earned him a recall to the national side.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas had noticed his good form too, and in a last ditch attempt to bolster his attacking options, made an offer that apparently fell well below the £12m they paid Milan for his services.
Pato made his debut for Milan back in 2007 and was quickly pointed to as one for the future. As the seasons progressed, so did he, but a series of injuries coupled with poor form meant that he was in danger of not fulfilling his potential. He left Milan with a record of 63 goals in 150 appearances.
Corinthians came in brought him back home and managed to get him to hit the ground running and so far he has managed to notch up 41 appearances, scoring 14 goals.
Spurs were also thought to be keen on Pato’s Brazilian teammate Leandro Damiao of Internacional, but the club’s sporting director Luis Cesar Souto said thet their player wasn’t for sale at any price.
“We intend to keep the player, we understand he increases the team’s quality,” he said.
“I don’t even know if they could afford to sign Leandro Damiao.”