Alexandre Pato can finally realise his potential if he opts to sign for Guus Hiddink’s faltering Chelsea side.
The Brazilian, who was once one of football’s most promising starlets, has been linked with a move to the Blues in order to bolster their struggling frontline.
And having rebuilt his career in his homeland of Brazil with Corinthians and Sao Paulo, the 26-year-old could be the perfect signing to help fire Chelsea back up the league table and into the European positions.
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Pato first came to prominence during his days in Serie A with AC Milan, where he helped the club win silverware under Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri.
In his first year at the San Siro, he scored nine times in 20 appearances, with his goal tally rising to 18 from 42 games for the Rossoneri the following season.
He bagged a brace in a stunning virtuoso display as Milan put Real Madrid to the sword at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, but his ability was to wane after a succession of lengthy layoffs.
The Brazilian scored 16 times in 33 matches despite playing second fiddle to mercurial Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 2010/2011 season, with his goals helping Allegri win the Scudetto during his first year at the club.
However, he scored just six more times in his final two years in Italy and he returned to his homeland having run out of chances to convince he could rediscover his best form.
Despite Diego Costa rediscovering some of his goalscoring mojo, Chelsea are sorely in need of a striker if they are to make a success out of an otherwise torrid campaign.
Hiddink has admitted his amazement that the club allowed Romelu Lukaku to move to Everton on a permanent basis in the summer of 2014, and has been linked with moves for Jamie Vardy and Saido Berahino this month.
Costa was injured in the weekend’s 3-3 draw with the Toffees, meaning the club may need to rely on the inconsistent Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao unless another marksman is brought in.
Pato was a big hit during his first spell in Europe – despite his powers lessening due to injuries – and Hiddink may opt to take a plunge and unite him with fellow Brazilians Willian, Oscar and Ramires.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have had to rely on the goals of Roberto Firmino in recent weeks though the German may choose to place his faith in club-record signing Christian Benteke instead.
This could leave Hiddink free to secure Pato, and the Brazilian will hope to impress if he moves to England in order to realise the promise of old.
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