Chelsea are reportedly inching closer to complete the signing of Brazilian playmaker Pato and this news has been confirmed by ESPN Brazil, given that the
player’s agent turned up in London to enter into the final stages of the deal.
Apparently, Chelsea and Tottenham were in the race to sign the striker and it seems that Chelsea will most probably secure his services soon.
When reporters asked Corinthians coach Tite about the future of Pato, he said,
“Maybe in two or three days, you journalists will have an answer about Pato. A response from me won’t be needed.”
Pato will earn $2.5 million annually at Chelsea, which is almost same as the salary at Corinthians.
Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian tried to lure the star player with a staggering salary of $3.3 million a season, which the Brazilian declined.
For now, even Pato is hoping that the transfer to Chelsea will work out and the Blues too are desperately looking for a talented striker to resolve their
Hiddink is aware of the problems in the striking department with Falcao,Loic Remy being injured and the poor form of Diego Costa.
Corinthians have valued the 26 year old striker at an asking rate of around £10m which is much lesser than the fee that needs to be given if Chelsea tries
to bring in targets like Jamie Vardy from Leicester or Carlos Bacca from AC Milan.
Pato would be happy to join the Brazilian contingent at Chelsea in players like Willian,Oscar and Ramires.
Pato became popular with his excellent performances when he moved to Italy in 2007 and was considered as a top striker of that time.
Pato had earlier said,“I would like to come to England because I think the championship [the Premier League] is the No1 in the world.”
“I want to write a new story in Europe, to make a new history. I want to come to win the championship and play again in the Champions
League. I have dreams again. I want to create this new story, a good new story.”
With a good deal almost within its reach, it has to been how well Hiddink goes about in utilizing the transfer window to lift Chelsea to a good position.
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