Alexandre Pato was one of the most promising young forwards in the world, but the striker has been lost in recent years since joining Corinthians after a disappointing stint in AC Milan.
The former Brazil international has been slowly getting back into form with the Brazilian outfit, but he needs to take another step in order to revitalize his career completely. According to several experts, the former Inter de Porto Alegre star could be close to return to Europe, and the destination is rumored to be a team building a squad to compete for the foreseeable future.
Several outlets have been reporting that Pato is close to signing with French side AS Monaco, and the Ligue 1 outfit needs to speed things up as the Transfer Window closes tomorrow during the afternoon. It would be a great move for the team – since Monaco needs a striker to replace Radamel Falcao who won’t return until next season after tearing his ACL – but the biggest winner in this deal would be the former AC Milan star.
Pato is on the radar of Brazilian head coach Luiz Filipe Scolari, but he is behind players like Willian, Fred and Hulk on the pecking order. A move to Europe would do wonders for the 24-year-old, and if he returns to his old form he could be easily make a case for himself to be included in the final 23-man list for the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
It remains to be seen if the deal is completed – since Monaco is also interested in Mauro Icardi – but they would be wise to make a strong push for Pato. He is a world-class player and would vastly improve the team’s attack for the second part of the season.