Guus Hiddink has cooled speculation that Chelsea could agree a deal for Alexandre Pato in January. The Brazilian striker looks likely to finally leave Corinthians before the transfer window closes for business on 1 February, with a whole host of top Premier League clubs said to be tracking his signature.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with Pato in recent months, yet fresh reports from The Telegraph claim that Chelsea, eager to strengthen their forward line, have held talks over a possible move with his current employers believed to value the player at an affordable £10m ($14.3m).
Hiddink has now sought to play down those rumours, however, insisting that he is satisfied with his current options. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton on 16 January, he was quoted as saying by The Mirror: "No [we don't want Pato]. No truth in it, we now have Diego [Costa], [Loic] Remy and some youngsters who can fill up the gap, we are not in that at the moment.
"With [Radamel] Falcao, it is different. The reason they don't take him back is injury-wise. All big clubs are looking to big players, but both Madrid clubs have protested and I am not sure if they can use this transfer window or the next one, or if it will be postponed, but I don't expect much of this in this window."
The manager also rejected suggestions that he would first have to sell a striker in order to sign another. Loic Remy has also featured regularly in the gossip columns of late after Aston Villa boss Remi Garde admitted his intention to try and sign him in December.
Those rumours were quickly brushed off, however, and Hiddink is pleased to see the Frenchman available for selection once more after a calf injury.
"I'm happy that Remy is now working a full week with high intensity and if needed he can be on the pitch. That's good... As long as this is happening, we are not very active in doing other things."
When asked if everything was essentially on hold for Chelsea this month as a result of their uncertain league position and lack of clarity with regards to the manager's job beyond the summer, Hiddink added: "I think so."