Arsenal’s need for a new striker has been well documented and to this end, the Gunners have been linked with many frontmen across Europe, in fact, they are too numerous to mention. But it seems Wenger has made his choice as he has made an official approach for one of the linked targets.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal have seen an opening bid of €8m (£6.6m) rejected by Corinthians for Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato. The 24-year-old only returned to his homeland from Serie A giants AC Milan last January in a €15m deal after a series of injuries that dampened his form. Since his return to Brazil, he has helped Corinthians win the 2013 Campeonato Paulista and Recopa Sudamericana.
Despite scoring 10 goals in 25 starts, he has failed to live up to the hype of his reputation. Hence, the willingness of Corinthians to sell him should the right offer come.
The Gunners have now made the first move with the Mirror citing reports coming out of Brazil claiming Arsene Wenger has made contact with the Sao Paulo club over the striker and submitted an opening bid of €8m.
The newspaper suggests the Brazilians rejected the offer but may be prepared to negotiate after Pato faced a backlash from his own supporters
After the penalty miss that cost his club a place in Copa do Brazil, he has started just 3 of Corinthians last 11 league matches and his performances have been well below par, so a move away this winter could suit both parties as the striker looks to play his way into the Brazil squad for next summers World Cup.
Great development if you ask me. The fact that Arsenal made a bid is a clear indication that he wants to bring in a new striker and that’s a good news. Corinthians’ rejection of the bid wasn’t because they don’t want to sell but because the bid didn’t meet their valuation. Arsenal and the Brazilian outfit will meet at a concession of maybe 9million Pounds and for that price, the Brazilian would be a steal. He might be struggling for forn at the moment but the potential is there and under a manager like Wenger, he will discover the form that made him a beautiful bride across Europe. If Henry and Adebayor could so improve at Arsenal, then Pato’s case is very redeemable.