English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea wants a striker and former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato is set to be on his way to Stamford Bridge by this weekend. Chelsea is expecting Pato to make his Premier League debut against Arsenal on Jan. 24, 2016.
The 26-year-old Brazilian plays for Corinthians at the moment and Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink wants him to boost his attacking lineup.
The transfer is set to be completed by the end of this week and Pato could be lined up against Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal, according to Daily Star.
Pato is valued at around £10 million (US $14.14 million) by the Brazilian club and Chelsea is looking to pay the full amount. The paperwork is expected to be completed soon so that Pato may travel with the Blues to the Emirates stadium.
Cheslea are not the only EPL club to show interest in Pato’s signature. Previously, Arsenal and Tottenham had showed their eagerness in purchasing the talismanic goal scorer.
Although on the verge of signing Pato, Chelsea have not stopped looking elsewhere for good strikers. Hiddink’s chase for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca is still on.
Chelsea’s current striker Loic Remy is particularly keen on the transfer proceedings at Stamford Bridge. Remy hopes that any incoming transfer would allow him to move elsewhere where he can find regular game time.
Many Premier League clubs are interested to sign Remy. There have been offers from China as well and he is also reportedly being scouted by the Russian club, Spartak Moscow.
Chelsea is only considering letting Remy leave if they find suitable replacements. The Blues are hoping that their star striker Diego Costa is not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The 29-year-old Remy has started in only one game for Chelsea this season and the Frenchman would prefer moving to a club which would offer him regular playing time.
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