Report: Sampdoria consider Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato as alternative to Everton's Samuel Eto'oAlexandre Pato (R) of São Paulo challenges Esteban González of Huachipato during their Copa Sudamericana clash at Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo on 30th September, 2014
Sampdoria are considering Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato as an alternative to Everton's Samuel Eto’o, according to reports.
Website TUTTOmercatoWEB, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that the Serie A outfit may move for Pato, if a deal for Eto’o cannot be sealed.
Despite delays, Sampdoria are widely expected to find an agreement with the former Cameroon international, though have seen their move for Udinese’s Luis Muriel fall through.
President Massimo Ferrero confirmed on Thursday that he would try and resurrect the transfer, but if that is not possible, then Pato may be targeted as an alternative to him instead.
Sampdoria’s alleged interest in the 25 year-old could scupper Queens Park Rangers’ pursuit.
The London based club, along with Sevilla, were believed to been on Pato, who is said to want to return to Europe.
The Brazil international - capped 27 times - is currently half way through a two season loan agreement with São Paulo.
Pato had been expected to honour that, but the opportunity for Corinthians to recoup some of the reported €15 million they spent on signing him from Milan in January 2013 may prove too tempting.
Pato has struggled to recapture the form he showed in his early years in Italy and prior to that at Internacional, since returning to Brazil and a move back to Europe seems increasingly likely.