ALEXANDRE PATO has asked for a huge house with a private pool and family protection to join Iraq club Al Diwaniya, reports say.
The Brazilian is currently a free agent having left Sao Paulo in July 2020.
Alexandre Pato is in talks to join Iraq club Al DiwaniyaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Al Diwaniya president Hussein Al-Ankoshei confirmed the club are in talks with Pato.
But according to Rudaw TV channel, the 31-year-old has tabled lofty demands while negotiating a contract.
They say Pato wants an expensive 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.
Alexandre Pato made just two appearances for ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The former AC Milan star made his name in Italy, where he scored 63 goals in 150 appearances.
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 currently.