Chelsea have been handed a potential lifeline in their pursuit of €40 million-rated Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato.

The AC Milan hitman has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Paris Saint-Germain thought to be in pole position to taken the player from Italy to Ligue 1.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the player, who has become isolated at the San Siro, is reluctant to move to Ligue 1 and would prefer to ply his trade elsewhere.

The news, which is claimed to come from sources close to the player, could potentially alert Chelsea over a move for the 18-cap international.

At 22-years-old, the former Internacional starlet still has plenty of years ahead of him, and could represent an attractive gamble for Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who has already invested heavily in youngsters during his time in west London.

Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu were all drafted in following the 34-year-old's arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer, but the lack of form from a striker remains a point of concern for the Blues boss.

And, with Nicolas Anelka leaving for China and Didier Drogba heading to the African Cup of Nations, a string of players in the position have been linked with a move to Chelsea. Pato is one of those players thought to be on the radar in the capital, along with Gonzalo Higuain, Hulk and Edinson Cavani.

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