7 Nov 2015

Done Deal: Liverpool to sign 'emotional' £20m attacker who claims he's Brazil's best striker?

Well, this is rather unexpected. With the transfer window still two months away, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already reportedly agreed a deal to sign Corinthians striker Alexander Pato.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Liverpool have reached an agree to sign Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato.

* The Reds have allegedly agreed a £20m fee for the Corinthians striker.

Multiple news outlets are also carrying the following quotes from Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade:

"There is an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer in the coming weeks. Pato had long expressed a desire to return to Europe.

"Liverpool await, there are a few missing details, but Klopp will have a new reinforcement and for Pato the Premier League will be a new springboard."

These quotes are total BS, though. The TMW article utilises the above info (i.e. the agreement in principle stuff) as part of the body of its story, *not* as quotes attributed to any individual.

Some lying hack has falsely attributed the quotes to de Andrade, and none of the media outlets carrying the 'story' have bothered to conduct any fact-checking.

It's possible that there may be some truth to TMW's initial story, but the quotes are fake. This deal makes no sense anyway as Pato is ridiculously injury prone:

* 14 injuries in the last 5 seasons.

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

Why would Liverpool sign another injury-prone striker when the club already has perpetual sicknotes like Sturridge and Benteke in the squad? It makes no sense, and if Liverpool spend £20m on yet another injury-plagued attacker, it'll (arguably) be transfer negligence.

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

Pato - who has 'emotional' issues according to Brazil boss Dunga - certainly has a lot of faith in his own ability. In a September interview with Brazilian television channel TV Bandeirantes, he claimed:

"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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