Alexandre Pato is wanted by Iraqi topflight side Al-Dkiwaniya
Former Chelsea star Alexandre Pato has emerged as a top transfer target for Iraqi topflight side Al-Diwaniya FC.
The 31-year-old Brazilian superstar has been without a club after parting ways with Brazilian side Sao Paolo in July 2020.
Al Diwaniya president, Hussein Al-Ankoshei has however confirmed their interest in the forward but that might be stalled owing to the player’s lofty demands while negotiating a contract.
The former AC Milan according to SunSport quoting Rudaw TV channel claims Pato wants a huge salary, a big house with a pool equipped and guaranteed safety for himself and his wife Rebeca, a TV host.
Al Diwaniya have gone five games without a win while they currently occupy 15th position on the table. They are so desperate for a victory, the players are said to have been guaranteed a PS5 the next time they pick up three points. And Pato’s arrival could help towards that.
But according to Rudaw TV channel, the 31-year-old has tabled lofty demands while negotiating a contract.
They say Pato wants a huge salary, a big house with a pool equipped and guaranteed safety for himself and wife Rebeca, a TV host.
Al-Ankoshei eluded to the striker’s demands while confirming talks with the player.
He said: “Negotiations are ongoing, the conditions he has set are difficult to meet and there is still no final agreement, it is not easy.”
Al Diwaniya are currently 15th in the table and without a win in five games.
They are so desperate for a victory, the players are said to have been guaranteed a PS5 the next time they pick up three points.
And Pato’s arrival could help towards that.
But his reputation as a clinical finisher took a knock when he joined Chelsea on loan from Corinthians in 2016.
He played just TWICE after arriving in January as he struggled for fitness, despite scoring in a 4-0 win against Aston Villa.
His most prolific form of late has been in China, where Pato spent two years with Tianjin Tianhai after signing in 2017.
With 36 goals in 60 games it caught the attention of Sao Paulo, who brought the attacker back to Brazil, having spent a season on loan with the club in 2014.
Pato penned a deal until 2022 but after just four goals and 13 appearances he terminated his contract, leaving him without a team.