Arsenal FC join race to sign Chelsea FC target Alexandre Pato - report

Alexandre Pato (credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal are reportedly ready to launch a January bid for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

Reports at the weekend had suggested Milan were ready to offer Pato to Manchester City next month as part of a deal to sign Carlos Tevez.

Tevez is keen to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium when the transfer window reopens and until recently it had been thought that Milan would only consider a loan move.

But City aren't keen on a temporary move for the Argentina international and want to get him off the books as soon as the transfer window opens next month.

However, according to Caughtoffside.com, Arsenal are keen on signing Pato, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Reports in Italy last month had suggested that the 22-year-old was on Arsene Wenger's radar as he looks to bring in a forward to help ease the pressure on captain Robin van Persie.

Pato has fallen out of favour with coach Massimiliano Allegri in recent weeks and a move away from the San Siro is looking possible after he was warned he was no longer an automatic pick in the Milan side.

Allegri is believed to be keen on signing a midfielder in the New Year and it is thought that he could be willing to cash in on Pato to generate funds.

How high Pato is on Wenger's list of targets, however, remains to be seen. Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Goetze is widely believed to be the Frenchman's top transfer target, while Cologne striker Lukas Podolski, who has also been linked with a move to north London, would almost certainly cost less than the Brazilian.

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