Have Chelsea found a new back-up striker for Diego Costa?
Brazil international Alexandre Pato was photographed at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as the Blues took on FC Porto in their final Champions League group stage match.
Felipe Arnold posted a photo of himself alongside Pato on Instagram - brought to our attention by 101 Great Goals - and rumours linking the Corinthians striker to Chelsea are now likely to intensify.
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Pato has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months - the Telegraph claimed the striker was offered to Jose Mourinho, as well as Manchester United, towards the end of the summer transfer window - along with Liverpool and Tottenham.
Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade made no secret of the fact he wanted to sell Pato in the summer, telling ESPN Brazil: "Everyone knows that Corinthians, pretend, want and pray day and night to sell Pato. Next year he has to perform and respect what he agreed to. The choices are his, not mine.”
However, with no agreement reached with any interested club, Pato was forced to stay with the Brazilian outfit.
Earlier this week - per FourFourTwo - Corinthians head coach Tite offered Pato a way back into the team. But it’s possible that the 26-year-old has already made up his mind to join a European club.
Photo: Pato at Stamford Bridge
Pato has plenty to offer a big European club
Pato was regarded as a phenomenon during his formative years - a potential world superstar - but failed to hit the heights expected of him at AC Milan. His situation, however, wasn’t helped by various personal problems off the pitch.
He still scored 63 goals in 150 appearances for Milan and netted an impressive 26 goals in 56 appearances for Sao Paulo on loan earlier this year.
Pato - who posted a cryptic photo and message of himself, presumably in London, on Wednesday night - could be a shrewd short-term signing for Chelsea, particularly with the hapless Radamel Falcao unlikely to feature much between now and the end of the season.
Chelsea fans: would Alexandre Pato be a decent signing in January? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.