17 Nov 2015

Klopp to Sign? 'Exceptional' €25m striker with Liverpool 'agreement' confirms he wants transfer to 'Europe'.

Earlier this month, Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato claimed that Liverpool have an 'agreement in principle' in place to sign Brazilian striker Alexander Pato during the January transfer window. Multiple news outlets padded the story with fake quotes from Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade, but that aside, it appears that Pato has his heart set on a return to European football.

When asked this week about Premier League transfer speculation, the allegedly 'exceptional' Pato told Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte:

"My future? I do not know yet, but I hope to return soon to Europe".

Pato appears to be on the outs at Corinthians, and last month, deputy director Eduardo Ferreira revealed the striker's transfer fee:

"If a club comes in with an offer of €25m [£17.5m], we will let him [Pato] go."

Unrealistic transfer fee aside, this deal makes no sense due to Pato's injury history:

* 14 injuries in the last 5 seasons.

* 356 days on the sidelines (71 games missed).

Why sign another injury-prone striker when Liverpool have perpetual sicknotes like Sturridge and Benteke in the squad?

Additionally, Pato's record at Corinthians is nothing to write home about, and it's certainly not worth €25m:

* 12 goals/2 assists in 38 apps (Averages a goal/assist every 171 minutes).

I can't see Klopp sanctioning this deal, but you never know. Pato was linked with a move to Dortmund during the January 2014 transfer window, so if Klopp tried to sign Pato once, there's a chance he could go back in for him again.

Pato certainly has a lot of faith in his own ability, and in September, he told TV Bandeirantes:

"My goal is to return to the national team. I do not see anyone better than me. I can play as a false nine, or as a right or left winger".

Thanks, but no thanks.

Author: Jaimie K


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