Chelsea are considering a January swoop for out-of-favour AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato accoring to reports in Italy.

The 22-year-old Brazilian was previously seen as indispensable to the Serie A club, having scored 50 league goals in just 105 appearances.

But after a recent dip in form, Milan boss Max Allegri has warned Pato that he is no longer an automatic pick in the side, due to the impressive form of Antonio Cassano, Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Kevin Prince Boateng.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the South American starlet, as is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, but it is believed it will take a fee in the region of £40million to get him to Stamford Bridge despite his recent loss of form.

The Portuguese tactician is keen to evolve his squad in west London, and Pato would fit the mould of young, exciting, attacking talent as he continues to search for a long-term replacement for Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

Pato has netted six goals in 18 appearances for Brazil, and is highly regarded by a host of European clubs - meaning Chelsea could yet face competition for his signature, with La Liga giants Barcelona also rumoured to be monitoring the situation.

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