Alexandre Pato to Liverpool: 'Agreement in principle' for January transfer of Brazil striker

Corinthians player could become Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Anfield 

Simon Rice
Sunday 08 November 2015 13:17
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Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato

Liverpool will sign former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato in January, according to his current club's president.

According to Corinthians chief Robero de Andrade, there is "an agreement in principle" between his club and Liverpool, with the former AC Milan striker set to become Jurgen Klopp's first signing as Liverpool manager.

Pato was once considered one of the most exciting prospects in football and spent five years with AC Milan. During that time he scored 63 goals in 150 appearances.

In 2013 he returned to his native country with Corinthians for a £12m fee and last season went on loan to Sao Paulo, where he is again this term.

It's understood Pato is keen on a return to Europe, ideally in Spain or England, and it seems he will get his wish when the transfer window next opens.

"There is an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer in the coming weeks," De Andrade told Tutto Mercato Web.

"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."

Pato, who is now 26-years-old, has scored 10 goals in 30 league appearances for Sao Paulo this year and has 27 caps for Brazil.

The striker will provide Klopp with an additional option in Liverpool's depleted attack. Danny Ings is out injured for the season and concerns over Daniel Sturridge's long-term fitness continue.

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