With a return to San Siro, Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato has flirted, saying that it is his dream to go back to AC Milan and that if the Rossoneri pick him up as a free agent, he might establish a formidable strike partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Since terminating his contract with Sao Paulo in August last year, Pato has been searching for a new club as the 31-year-old former prodigy looks to continue his career on the pitch.
For another striker, Milan is currently on the market as they aim to add some extra firepower to a squad that is vying for the title of Serie A, and Pato thinks he might be the man to fill that role.
“I hear there may be clubs interested in me in Italy,” the attacker said to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“I want to make it clear that I am not looking for a big-money contract at 31, but for a project I want. I would have remained in China if I had been in it for the money.
How do I [Milan] not feel nostalgic? We’re talking about 150 matches, 63 goals, the Scudetto and the Italian Supercoppa. Returning to Milan, which is in my heart, will be a fantasy.”
Asked if he would be okay playing Ibrahimovic’s second fiddle, Pato added: “I’d say yes, what’s the problem? I’d play a few games and persuade the coach [to keep me in the starting line-up], so I wouldn’t be a deputy.
No, come on, let’s say we should play together maybe. We’d make a perfect pair here.”
Milan is one of the few sides that have space for a non-EU player in their roster, with Fiorentina also on that list, and the injury-prone Pato insists that as he looks to land one of those premium slots, he is fit, safe, and more experienced.