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Alexandre Pato will be hoping Chelsea haven’t seen this miss from 2013

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It’s been the saga that has dominated the January transfer window with the question: will Alexandre Pato be heading to the Premier League?

But after several weeks of being linked with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool among others it would appear that we are finally closing in on the finalisation of a deal involving the 26-year-old.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, discussions are well under way and a loan move is set to be agreed.

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The Blues are in much need of goalscoring reinforcements following a season in which Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy and even Diego Costa have disappointed.

However, before Chelsea fans go and get too excited about a player who once starred for AC Milan in his early years and most recently bagged 26 goals in 56 games while on loan at Sao Paulo, a word of warning.

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Because despite his impressive recent record, Pato is more than capable of producing one or two howlers on his day.

The most notable of these came during a Copa do Brasil clash between his current club Corinthians and Gremio played back in October 2013 (watch below).

With the game deadlocked and in the midst of a tense penalty shootout, Pato produced a contender for the worst Panenka penalty attempt in the history of the game.

Gremio v Sao Paulo - Brasileirao Series A 2015

Named after the legendary Czech player who sealed the 1980 European Championship for his national side by feigning to shoot with power before perfectly chipping the ball down the centre of the goal, Pato’s effort was some way below that notable benchmark.

In attempting to Panenka veteran Gremio goalkeeper and fellow former AC Milan star Dida, the 26-year-old ended up essentially gifting the ball to the shot-stopper, dumping his team out in the process.

It was a miss that left his teammates apoplectic with rage and as Pato prepares to potentially begin a new chapter in Europe, it’s most likely a moment he will wish to forget.

Unfortunately, the internet and Premier League fans everywhere are unlikely to let him do that!

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