Corinthians boss on Pato to Liverpool, plus he's sure a transfer is on

Pato to Liverpool has been a whirlwind 24 hours which has largely been fuelled by some absolutely brazen misquoting. The rumours started with Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, as so many often do, and wouldn't have been given an awful lot of notice until it was claimed Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade had said an agreement was made with Liverpool.

The Daily Star stated: 'Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo, however parent club Corinthians say he is close to leaving them permanently.

De Andrade told Tutto Mercato Web: "There is an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer in the coming weeks.

"Pato had long expressed a desire to return to Europe."'

However, there's nothing on Tuttomercatoweb to back that up. claimed: 'Italian Journalist Alfredo Pedulla has claimed that Pato will sign for Liverpool in a £14.2milliondeal when the transfer window reopens and Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade has confirmed the talks.

"There is an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer in the coming weeks," de Andrade said.

"Pato had long expressed a desire to return to Europe."'

The same words, but a different source, and again incorrect. The words being attributed to the Corinthians president were spoken by Pedulla, it's a mystery how that's then been changed, but it's what helped fuel the story.

Roberto de Andrade has since made it clear he didn't say what has been attributed to him and confirmed there's no agreement with Liverpool, but he is keen on a sale and thinks one will happen.

Globo Esporte quote him saying "Corinthians has not been approached by any club asking for the price of Alexandre Pato. His agent is working with some clubs in Europe, getting information so that we can sell. It is being very well received. He has market, he's a great player, is 26 years old. Meets all requirements to play in a big club. So it makes me sure he'll be sold."

Specifically on Liverpool, he said "Nothing has arrived. I think it's some changed news. We didn't get anything concrete." 

It sounds like Liverpool, or anyone else, can have Pato if they want him, the big question is if they want him or it's all nonsense fuelled by fake quotes. Liverpool have made it known the reports are fake, although that made some supporters believe they were trying to keep things quiet.

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