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Chelsea plot player-plus-cash deal for 'The Duck' - reports

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Chelsea continue to be linked with a move for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

The Brazilian international was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during Carlo Ancelotti's reign at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian was unable to persuade the striker to follow him to England.

However, The Daily Mirror reports that new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on Pato, and is considering a £30 million deal involving a player-plus-cash. Salomon Kalou or Nicolas Anelka are named as potential makeweights in the deal.

Pato, nicknamed 'the duck', scored 14 goals in just 25 games last season in a campaign hampered by injuries, and has 57 goals in 125 appearances in all competitions during his time at the San Siro.

The report claims Villas-Boas sees Pato as a striker who could help form an attacking trio for Chelsea alongside Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba.


 

With the former Internacional forward losing his starting spot in the Brazil national team, a Chelsea move could also rejuvenate the 21-year-old's international career after falling behind Neymar in his country's pecking order.

It remains to be seen if the Porto boss can use all of these factors to persuade Pato to make a Barclays Premier League move, although Chelsea will still have to agree terms with the Rossoneri before moving further on the deal.

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