Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato is hoping to make his loan spell at Chelsea a permanent one by the end of the season according to his agent.
But some reports suggest, the 26-year-old striker’s agent have already started talking to Tottenham and West Ham for a summer move for Pato if Chelsea decide to release him.
The Brazilian striker was initially somewhat frozen out at Stamford Bridge for the first two months of his loan spell in favour of Chelsea youngsters Kenedy and Bertrand Traore. But interim manager Guus Hiddink finally handed Pato his first appearance.
His first foray into the field also resulted in his first goal as he scored from a penalty kick to help Chelsea cruise to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.
While speaking to Goal.com after his client’s first start in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea, Pato’s agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed that the Brazilian is desperate to stay in England.
“He wanted to come to Chelsea, that was his first choice. He loves the Premier League and wants to stay here if Chelsea want to keep him.
“He’ll speak with the club at the end of the season – there is a new manager coming in and we will have to have a conversation [about a permanent transfer].
“I think a lot of things will change between now and the end of the season. He was very successful in his first Premier League match and he needs to continue to impress.”
So it’s quite clear if Chelsea doesn’t want to keep him, he is ready to move on and accept any suitable offer from Premier League.
With Diego Costa suspended and Loic Remy still out with injury, Pato at the moment has only to compete with young attacker Bertrand Traore to secure a regular starting berth in the short term.
A temporary switch from Corinthians in January made sense for the 26-year-old striker who has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career so far.
With the expectations remaining low, this loan spell to Stamford Bridge gives the former AC Milan forward the opportunity to prove he’s worthy of a permanent move to Chelsea or at least put himself in the transfer window to other potential bidders from Premier League this summer.
Pato could still become an effective player in European football. With his skills are well suited to the playing style of Premier League, and before his major hamstring injuries at AC Milan, the most important quality he was gifted with, apart from technique, was his speed.
During his time with Milan, Pato’s style of play was generally bolstered with running behind the defensive lines with the help of former Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Including inside the box, Pato used to drag opponents into a one-on-one situation inside the area.
Analysing the performances Pato gave in Serie A, it is quite clear that he has all the credentials to become a very fruitful deal for Chelsea. Keeping in mind the fact that he featured in 33 matches in the last Brasileirao (Brazil’s top-flight league), netting 10 times, it can be assumed he is still physically fit, but the question is, will he be fit enough to consistently perform in Premier League?