Sunday’s transfer rumor roundup: Pato to PL? Three clubs interested

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It’s been quite some time — roughly five or six years, to be a little more specific — since we’ve seen the very best of Alexandre Pato, the former AC Milan striker who seemed a can’t-miss superstar by the time he turned 20 years old.

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Injuries have, of course, robbed Pato of a large part of his career thus far, though the 26-year-old is currently enjoying his best run of form — and health — since the 2010-11 season. In two seasons with Brazilian side Sao Paulo, Pato has played in 95 games and scored 38 goals along the way, which reportedly has him back on the radars of Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool — all of whom would do well to sign a new striker during the upcoming January transfer window. Pato now wants to return to Europe and admits that he is keen on testing himself in England.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, a Forza Italian Football report claims Leicester City are interested in signing former Manchester City and current Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong next month. De Jong, who’s 31 now, is said to be looking for more playing time and would consider moving back to England in order to get it. The move could cost the Foxes as little as $3 million in their chase to finish in the top-four. A tidy bit of business, that would be.

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Turkish side Besiktas confirmed this weekend that they are interested in backup Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. With Petr Cech having been signed during the summer, and his form returning to that of his early days at Chelsea, games are might hard to come by for the Colombian backup these days, who became a regular in goal last season after Wojciech Szczesny lost the starting job.