Chelsea are believed to be closing in on a deal for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato with terms on a £1.77million-a-year contract agreed, according to ESPN.
The 26-year-old striker rediscovered his scoring touch whilst on loan with Sao Paolo last season, scoring 23 goals in 47 games, but he is still unwanted by his parent club, who are keen to get his wages off the books.
Pato has already declared his intention of joining a Premier League club and with several Brazilian internationals already in the squad, Chelsea will represent something of a dream scenario for him.
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Luckily, the Blues have spent the most of January on the lookout for a good-value striker. They thought they found one in the summer, signing Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, but we all know how that has turned out.
The Colombian has scored just one goal for so far and is currently recovering from a serious thigh injury. With Monaco reportedly considering bringing him back to France, it is unlikely we'll ever see him in a Chelsea shirt again.
Pato himself has had his fair share of injury problems in his career, but he has seemingly overcome them since returning to his native country. Although there is no mention of the fee being negotiated, the fact that he has just one year left on his contract suggests it won't be very big.
While Chelsea need a replacement for Falcao, they also need cover for Diego Costa, who himself suffered an injury in last weekend's game against Everton. His bruised tibia is certainly not a long-term affliction, but he is at least a major doubt for Sunday's game against Arsenal.
A deal for Pato may also allow Loic Remy to seal an exit from Stamford Bridge. The France international is tired of sitting on the bench and reportedly wants to leave to boost his chance of making it to Euro 2016. However, Guus Hiddink won't let him go until a replacement is secured.
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