Rumour: Guus Hiddink stalls Chelsea's move for Alexandre Pato
Earlier it was claimed that the Brazilian is closing in on a move to Chelsea but now the rumour mill suggests that Hiddink does not want him
Reportedly, Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has blocked the club’s move for Alexandre Pato. Hiddink is of the opinion that the 26-year old Brazilian who plays for Corinthians at the moment is not worthy of the level of the Blues and the Dutch coach has refuted all chances of signing the forward.
Pato’s representatives had met the club officials last week and plans to bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge were on. But unfortunately for the striker now that the deal will be stalled. A £7 million deal was being chalked out between the two parties.
The Brazilian striker had some years ago burst onto the footballing scene. He was a much-coveted striker with a lot of flair, pace and agility and the fact that he was technically gifted and creative came to his aid.
Pato also happens to have an eye for goal. The present Brazil coach Carlos Dunga and Italian tactician Carlo Ancelotti had likened Pato to some of the greatest Brazilian forwards such as Kaka, Romario, etc. The former Milan player usually prefers his right foot but can take a shot with both feet. Even though Pato is not strong and has a huge built, he is still good with headers.
The 26-year-old was listed as one of the 100 most talented young players born after 1989 by Don Balon in 2010. However, Pato faced some injuries while playing for AC Milan and that affected his fitness considerably and for quite some time now he has not been at his best.
The media has often said that the striker had a lot of potential but failed to live up to it.
Reports suggest a mass exodus from Chelsea
In the meantime, reports suggest that Nemanja Matic might leave Chelsea in the summer. While other players like Pedro, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Oscar are also considering their future at the Stamford Bridge.
In Sunday’s game against Arsenal, one saw flashes of a resurgent Chelsea under the tutelage of the Dutchman. The game took a negative turn for Arsenal as Per Mertesacker was shown a red card for his foul on Costa. This made it a little easier for Chelsea to score a goal and then retain their lead.