Lazio interested in Chelsea flop

Alexandre Pato

With Corinthians keen to offload him, former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato could be on his way back to Serie A, as Lazio look to push for a European spot next season.

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After the club missed out on Europe last season, incoming Lazio coach Marcelo Bielsa is keen to add new options to his attack, particularly in the wake of Miroslav Klose’s departure .

The Biancocelesti are looking to build on last year’s eighth place finish in Serie A and are hoping to bring in former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato move to the Stadio Olimpico.

The Aquile are readying an approach for the Corinthians-owned forward, who only has six months left on his contract with the Brazilian league champions and could be available for a cut price, according to reports.

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A return to Italy for the 26-year-old could see him relive the best years of his career after spending five years in Milan, winning the league title in 2011.

Pato scored 63 goals in 150 appearances before injuries slowed his growth in the Italian city, where he then returned to Brazil with Corinthians before joining Premier League side Chelsea on loan in January. However, the former Internacional striker found playing time hard to come by, managing just two appearances.

Corinthians are keen to get the Brazilian international off their wage bill, despite a fruitful loan spell at rivals São Paulo before his move to Chelsea.

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The move for the Brazilian may rest upon the transfer for Antonio Candreva, who has been linked with Chelsea and Inter .

Enner Valencia of West Ham United, as well as Sevilla’s Ciro Immobile, are amongst a host of names being linked with a move to Lazio, and a move for the former would cost around €12 million .

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