Liverpool have agreed an £11 million deal for Brazilian international Alexandre Pato, according to reports in Italy as cited by the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. However, Liverpool look to have beaten their Premier League rivals to his signature according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who also claims Pato rejected big money offers from China to complete a move to Merseyside.
Pato is set to return to European football following his initial arrival in 2007 when he was signed by A.C. Milan, although he moved back to his homeland with Corinthians in January 2013, and has spent the last two years at Sao Paulo.
The striker will be Jurgen Klopp’s third signing at Liverpool following Marko Grujic and the loan deal that has seen Steven Caulker join from Queens Park Rangers, and will join fellow Brazilians Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva at Anfield.
Pato joins an already packed Liverpool attack which includes Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Jerome Sinclair, and a possible return of Mario Balotelli, meaning Klopp may have some decisions to make regarding the futures of some in the near future.