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Corinthians open to Pato exit

Corinthians have revealed they could sell striker Alexandre Pato in the January transfer window amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

Brazilian giants Corinthians continue to spiral downward in 2013.
Pato joined Corinthians in January this year.

The Premier League clubs were linked with a move for the Brazilian last week and recent reports have Spurs in pole position to make a play for Pato in January.

Andre Villas-Boas' interest in the 24-year-old is likely to gather momentum with Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade confirming they will listen to offers from abroad.

"Considering his value, I think it's hard that he moves to another Brazilian club," he told Radio Bandeirantes. "If those two clubs [Arsenal and Tottenham] are interested in Pato, we don't rule out selling him in the winter transfer market."

Although Pato only moved to Corinthians from AC Milan in January, Spurs were keen to sign him in the summer and he shed light on his decision to remain in Brazil.

"Tottenham had called Corinthians to ask for my transfer," he told Brazilian TV station SporTV. "I sat at the table with the club and my agent and I decided I wanted to stay."

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