Pato eyeing permanent Chelsea deal

The Brazil international is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea forward Alexandre Pato is keen to make his move to Stamford Bridge permanent, despite making just two appearances for the club.

The 26-year-old moved to west London in January, looking to kick-start his career, having previously been tipped to be one of Brazil’s greats. But Pato has yet to make the impression that he had hoped he would, when he joined from Brazilian side Corinthians, at the beginning of the year.

“He wanted to come to Chelsea, that was his first choice,” Pato’s agent Kia Joorabchian said.

“He loves the Premier League and wants to stay here if Chelsea want to keep him.”

The Brazil forward did manage to score on his debut, though – scoring from the spot, as the Blues demolished Aston Villa 4-0 at Villa Park.

He then subsequently started Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday.

Pato set for negotiations

“He’ll speak with the club at the end of the season – there is a new manager [Antonio Conte] coming in and we will have to have a conversation [about a permanent transfer].” Joorabchian added.

“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.”

However, arch rivals Tottenham and West Ham are also interested in the 26-year-old, who is out of contract next January, so therefore could be a risk worth taking, with Pato set to be available for a nominal fee from Corinthians.

Antonion Conte is to hold talks with the Brazilian when he takes the reins after this summer’s European Championships. However, it is not yet clear whether Pato will feature in the Italian’s plans, with the 46-year-old already having a list of targets in place.


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