Chelsea considering transfer for Alexandre Pato

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Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Brazil striker Alexandre Pato.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Guus Hiddink is seriously considering a move for the striker, as he aims to bolster his attacking options for the remainder of the season. 

Pato's club Corinthians are hoping for a fee in the region of £10 million, with the player intent on moving to the Premier League.


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What happened to Pato?

Having announced himself at the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, as a 17-year-old for Internacional, Pato looked set to become the next star of Brazilian football.

A move to European giants AC Milan followed, with Pato forming a thrilling front three with compatriots Kaka and Ronaldo. 

International recognition soon arrived and although he hasn't played for his country since 2013, Pato still has 27 caps for Brazil.

The striker duly helped the Rossoneri clinch the 2010/11 Serie A title, but injuries and a loss of form soon took their toll. 

Amidst financial uncertainty, Milan decided to sell the Brazilian, however, his €15 million transfer to Corinthians has been far from successful: Pato has never settled with the Sao Paulo-based club, with his failed panenka penalty attracting huge levels of criticism. 

Do Chelsea need him?

In short, yes.

First choice striker Diego Costa has failed to emulate his form from the first half of last season - he has only scored six league goals so far - whilst replacement forwards Loic Remy and Radmael Falcao, have both been besieged by injury.

The Blues currently sit 14th in the table and although Champions League qualification looks unlikely, with the unpredictable nature of this season, even by Premier League standards, nothing is a certainty.

Could he help their season?

Crucially Pato has shown signs of a revival recently, whilst on loan at Sao Paulo last season he scored an impressive 26 goals in 59 appearances and has retained much of the pace which made him so dangerous as an emerging youngster.

Pato is an altogether different type of striker to Costa: whereas it is the Spaniard's hold up play and physicality that make him a real threat, Pato's speed and Champions League pedigree, would provide another challenge for opposition defences. 

In Ramiers, Willian, Oscar and Kenedy, Chelsea already have four Brazilians in their squad which would ease Pato's transition, should the move go ahead.

In an interview with the Daily Mail's Oliver Holt last month, Pato expressed his long felt desire to experience English football: "one day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the number one in the world. It is very competitive.

I like the emotion in the English league. You look at the TV and you see the stadium and the fans".

Hiddink's side host Everton on Saturday afternoon, with former striker Romelu Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge vindicated after his recent form. 

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