Ambitious Spanish side Villarreal have confirmed the news that Alexandre Pato has agreed terms to move to El Madrigal in an exciting deal for all parties.
The Brazilian attacker has had a varied career despite still only being 26, with the South American experiencing the game’s highs and lows.
A breakthrough at AC Milan had Pato as one of the world’s most-respected centre forwards, with the gifted striker lighting up Serie A in his early days at the San Siro.
Injuries were the key reason behind a return to his homeland, with the Brazil international not looking anywhere near as menacing after coming back from a number of prolonged periods on the sidelines.
Breaking: Corinthians have confirmed they have sold their 60 per cent stake in Alexandre Pato to Villarreal pic.twitter.com/EOexaFGAaB
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With improved form for Corinthians a return to the European game seemed inevitable and a loan stint at struggling English side Chelsea last term facilitated this.
Although Pato’s time at Stamford Bridge was not a success, there were glimpses that the man they call the Duck could return to former glories.
Villarreal have punched above their weight in the last two seasons in La Liga and qualified for this term’s Champions League.
A strike pairing of Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu netted the goals to fire the Yellow Submarine to fourth place last term – but Pato could well provide a certain X factor for Marcelino’s men.
If the Brazilian can stay fit and get back to anywhere near his best, Villarreal will have a player of real calibre in their ranks – someone more than capable of making an impression in La Liga and the Champions League in 2016-17.