According to a report from Daily Star Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has turned down the chance to sign Brazilian forward Pato despite recent rumours suggested he is all but done deal for Chelsea. The reason behind this sudden denial is said to be Hiddink’s thoughts that the Corinthians man is well suited to play for them.
The-26-year-old forward and his representatives even held talks last week with the Blues officials, who were preparing for a £7m offer until the Dutchman cancelled the deal. He is still not sure if Pato could boost both of Chelsea’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns.
The Brazilian’s agents have also claimed earlier that Liverpool were very much interested in their man but the Anfield hierarchy seemed to be not targeting the Corinthians player. However Chelsea’s surprising decision might allow them to think again about the forward. Arsenal also have shown interest to secure the service of Pato.
Chelsea were earlier in talks with Brazilian club Corinthians over the fee for Pato as he was keen to come to the Premier League.
The Stamford Bridge club, who recently saw a £30m move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s star attacker Alex Teixeira stalled, tried to negotiate Pato’s fee down and even thought of an initial loan move.
However, the former AC Milan striker will need a work permit, and is also some weeks off full fitness after not playing since November, but it was expected the deal could still be completed this week.
Alexandre Pato failed to hit the heights which many football pundits believed he would. He played for AC Millan from 2007 to 2012 scoring 63 goals in 150 appearances, before returning Brazil where he finally managed to discover the goal scoring form. The Brazilian is still only 26 years old and £7million would have been a bargain fee for an experienced attacker like Pato who is yet to climb his peak form.