Sunday 18 March 2018

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink finalises deal for Alexandre Pato - report

Pato has signed for Chelsea
Pato has signed for Chelsea

Chelsea are reportedly finalising a deal for Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, according to the Daily Mail.

Guus Hiddink is keen to boost his firepower and the Corinthians striker looks to be available on loan this month, with a possible permanent switch to follow.

Pato scored 63 goals in 150 games during six years at AC Milan, before returning to Brazil three years ago.

Speaking last month Pato said: "One day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is No 1 in the world.

"It is very competitive. I like the emotion in the English league."

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been given a boost in their hopes of landing Antoine Griezmann, after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admitted the club cannot guarantee keeping hold of their star man.

The forward has long been admired by Chelsea, as well as Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

He has scored 43 times in 81 appearances since joining Atletico in 2014 and is under contract until 2020.

However, Simeone has admitted that Atletico could receive an offer that they cannot refuse.

“The sporting directors have been speaking to him directly, with those close to him, in order to work out what’s best for him and the club," said Simeone.

“Of course he’s a very important player for us, but we can’t hold him here with chains.”

Griezmann himself, however, says he is happy in Madrid.

"I am feeling very well at Atletico," he told French publication Telefoot.

"This is a big club and I want to achieve great things here. I am ambitious and my goal is to win trophies here."

One player Hiddink will not be landing this month is former striker Didier Drogba.

Earlier this month the Drogba had discussions with Major League Soccer over his future at Montreal Impact, but said reports that he had retired from playing to join Chelsea's coaching staff were premature.

Speaking after Chelsea's 1-0 win at Arsenal yesterday, Hiddink was asked if the prospect of signing Drogba was over:

"On the short-term, yes (there is no prospect). But in the longer term we talked about players of a big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome.

"There is no time issue on this."

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