Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Juliano Belletti has encouraged Alexandre Pato to pick Arsenal over the Blues if he makes a move to the Premier League during the current transfer window. The 39-year-old believes the striker's individual quality would fit better either in La Liga or at the Gunners because of Arsene Wenger's philosophy to play "nice football".
The former AC Milan striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks after the 26-year-old told the Daily Telegraph he dreams of a move to English football, having regained his best form while playing on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have all been touted as potential destinations, while Corinthians sporting director and former Arsenal midfielder Edu Gaspar revealed in November 2015 that Wenger had also enquired about the striker's services.
While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently played down a move for Pato, ESPN Brasil claimed earlier this week that the Blues were leading the race to secure his services. The Brazilian publication claimed his agent, Gilmar Veloz, was in talks with officials from the west London club to close the deal after interim manager Guus Hiddink confirmed he was keen on bolstering his attack.
But Belletti, who played under Hiddink during his time at Stamford Bridge, believes Pato should move instead to the Emirates Stadium or to La Liga.
"I think he has a lot to offer Spanish football. The quality he has and the way he plays is more compatible with Spain. In England, I no longer know. Maybe Arsenal, since Wenger always gambles on nice football and individual talent," he said to Brazilian Sportv Globo, where he also confirmed Chelsea are in talks with his agent.
"He has individual quality. A good command of the ball, speed, the whole package. But then it is up to the coach take advantage of this, as São Paulo did last year [...]. It is true that there are agents in England trying to negotiate with Chelsea."
Belletti, meanwhile, suggested English clubs are hesitant to secure his services amid questions about his commitment. He said: "People are seeking information about the player here in Brazil. They want to know about the last season, which was very good technically and without injury. But also some things are in the press about his participation on the pitch and his level of intensity. English clubs take this into consideration."