Liverpool agree £11.28m deal to sign Arsenal transfer target, according to Italian journalist

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An established Italian journalist has claimed that Liverpool have reached an agreement for the signing of Brazil striker Alexandre Pato.

According to Alfredo Pedulla [as per the Daily Star], the Reds have reached an agreement with Brazilian giants Corinthians, who are understood to be desperate to offload the high-earning former AC Milan frontman.

The journalist notes that Pato has rejected big-money approaches from China in order to complete a move to the Premier League, with fellow Brazil teammates and current Liverpool stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho talking the player into the appeal of Anfield and of life on Merseyside.

According to the Metro—again citing Pedulla—the two clubs have agreed an £11.28 million deal for the player, who has been linked to both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but ultimately looks like leaving the north London rivals disappointed.

The striker originally left his homeland—and domestic heavyweights Internacional—to move to AC Milan in 2007. However, while he shone in patches in Lombardy—winning the Serie A title in 2011—his time at the San Siro was punctured by serious injuries.

He returned to Brazil in 2013, featuring for Corinthians and for Sao Paulo on loan, and still only 26, he may now have the opportunity to make up for lost time in the European game.

“I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the number one in the world,” the striker told the Telegraph in December.

“Now I’m ready for a new challenge. I want to write a new story in Europe, to make a new history.”

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