Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger denies link to Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has denied links to Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato.
Reports have continually paired the North London-based club with a potential January bid for the Brazilian international, as well as Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata.
"No, there’s no truth in that,” said Wenger, as reported by ESPNFC.com.
"I am not concerned about that [new signings]. We have at the moment Yaya Sanogo who is a striker we brought in during the summer, who is coming back from injury in January. Hopefully he will help us in the second part of the season.”
Pato has had a mixed season at Corinthians, who he joined for €15 million in January from Milan.
The 24 year-old’s scored nine goals in 29 appearances and earned a Seleção recall, but is largely unpopular with Corinthians’ fans, who reportedly want him sold.
Pato came to prominence with Internacional, where he was part of the side that won the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup and 2007 Recopa Sudamericana. He was signed by Milan in August 2007.
After starting well - he scored 14 goals as Milan won the 2010-11 Scudetto - injuries began to affect his contribution. In Pato’s last 18 months with the Rossoneri he scored just six goals.