Spurs make sensational late bid for 23-cap Brazil striker…
Tottenham made a sensational late swoop for Corinthians’ Brazilian striker Alex Pato, reports South American football correspondent Tim Vickery on talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old Brazilian international was hyped as a future world great when he was a teenager, but never managed to develop into the player he once promised to be, and was shipped out of AC Milan in January back to Corinthians in his homeland.
Vickery has confirmed though that big-spending Spurs made an offer for his services, that was rejected by the Brazilian side because it didn’t even match what they had paid for him earlier this year.
“Spurs did not even match what Corinthians paid for him, and they rejected it out of hand,” said Vickery.
Vickery then went on to explain why Pato struggled to live up to the early hype, and why he has ended up back in Brazil.
“Pato suffered from premature superstar syndrome,” he said.
“It all came too soon, but we mustn’t forget: Pato is a very, very talented player.”
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas obviously wanted to secure a deal for Pato and hones this undeniable talent. Pato would have likely come in as second-fiddle to £26m Roberto Soldado, although whether the player himself would want a high-profile return to Europe just yet is debatable.