Pato: Man Utd tried to sign me on deadline day

Manchester United failed in a deadline day bid for Alexandre Pato, according to the Sao Paulo striker.

United embarked on a major recruitment drive in the summer, with the likes of Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Bastian Schweinsteiger acquired by Louis van Gaal.

However, Pato has now claimed that United made a last-ditch attempt to lure him to Old Trafford, though he says he was not informed of the offer at the time.

“I received an offer from Manchester United two hours before the transfer window closed, but I was only told that afterwards. My focus is now here,” he told Brazilian television station SporTV.

Pato was also heavily linked with Tottenham throughout the transfer window and the Brazil international admits that a move could still happen in future.

“I won’t lie, of course I’m thinking [about the future]. I talk about this with my family, people close to me. We talk about what’s going to happen, where will I be next year,” he added.

“We are a few months short from the end of the season. But I’m working hard, focused on Sao Paulo. I won’t stop wondering about the future, but I’m focused on Sao Paulo.

“If I could choose, I would like to stay at Sao Paulo at the moment, but it doesn’t depend on me only. I have to do my job on the pitch, there are people out of it, my agent, family, they take good care of these things. I’m a professional, and I have to be focused all the time.”