Chelsea have turned their attentions on Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato to strengthen their options up front in the January transfer window, according to ESPN Brasil. The former AC Milan prodigy recently told the Daily Telegraph he dreams of a move to the Premier League.
While Liverpool manage Jurgen Klopp dismissed reports linking the 26-year-old with a transfer to Anfield, Chelsea are now in talks with his agent, Gilmar Veloz, over a deal to bring him to the Premier League with an agreement very close, ESPN Brasil claim.
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has suggested he would like to add to Chelsea's options up front. Diego Costa, who has scored just eight goals in all competitions this season, has been the Dutchman's only consistent option up front, with Loic Remy only recently returning to training following a layoff and Radamal Falcao's thigh injury continuing to rule him out.
Hiddink is keen to have two players available in each position and admits persistent injuries could call for another option.
We are thinking," Hiddink said, the Guardian reports. "We have to have good competition, good double occupation in every position. When there is good shape and the double occupation is there, then we are OK but we must not go into this danger when something happens with one or two strikers. I don't deny that it would be a concern if Costa or Rémy were injured.
"I am thinking. And it's not good talk when you are thinking in this case because, why shall we go public? If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public. Theoretically; that's what I'm saying at the moment."