Arsenal considering big-money move for Serie A star

As the club seek a return to top four stability, Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with a move for AC Milan forward, Alexandre Pato.

The 22 year-old has been a hotshot player over recent seasons with 60 goals in 138 games for the Rossoneri, but has found himself on the sidelines more and more as of late.

It’s common knowledge that the Brazilian’s relationship with his manager has been somewhat strained of late and he is understood to be open to a move away.

The striker stated in late 2011 that he wished for more open conversation between him and his manager, opening up the avenue for a move away from the San Siro.

Despite this, Massimiliano Allegri has claimed that there is no rift between him and his charge, adding that he hopes Pato will stay with the side for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Milan manager said: “”There was no problem between me and Pato and if there was, it has been resolved.”

He went on to add: ““I think he will stay at Milan. I want him to stay at Milan. I think he could be an important purchase in January seeing as he played so little in the first half of the season.”

Arsenal have understandable need for a second striker to provide backup to reliable leader, Robin van Persie, as Park Chu Young, Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh appear to be unreliable sources of goals.

The trio present the only other striking options apart from the Dutch club captain, with Arsene Wenger using wingers to attack on a more regular basis.

Pato has proclaimed his openness to playing in the Premier League in the past an should the Gunners – funded by American businessman Stan Kroenke – meet the Brazilian’s £25m valuation, could complete that goal.

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