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Chelsea & Manchester City striker target happy in Italy

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AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato is happy in Italy according to his agent, despite rumours linking the Brazilian with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City believed to be interested, reports Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the San Siro under Massimiliano Allegri, and has made just seven appearances this season after recovering from a long-term injury.

Pato has scored twice for the Serie A giants, but continues to find his first-team action limited, prompting him to speak out last week, saying he might be forced to consider a January switch.

Chelsea had been linked with a move for the South American forward prior to the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, but now that Rafael Benitez has been appointed as interim manager at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season, it is unclear whether the Blues are still interested.

Manchester City has also been discussed as a potential destination for Pato, who could arrive at the Etihad Stadium as part of a swap deal that would see Mario Balotelli head back to the Italian capital, though that rumour was swiftly denied by Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.

A short-term loan back to his native Brazil - to Atletico Mineiro or Corinthians - has additionally been mooted, but Pato's representative Gilmar Veloz has dismissed all such talk.

"Pato is doing well in Europe, he doesn't need to return to Brazil," he told O Tempo. "He has 18 months left on his contract; it's unthinkable that an expensive player like him would be loaned out."

Regarding any possible move to the Premier League, the agent added: "I can't talk about something that doesn't exist. Nothing about that came to me. When there is something concrete, we can talk. But right now, he is happy at Milan."

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