Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has according to reports in Brazil has reached a verbal agreement with Barclays Premier League outfit Chelsea.
It is understood he has a number of representatives and they have been desperate, for a succession of transfer windows, to get the former AC Milan star into a Premier League club.
According to Sky Sports, investigation as to whether an agreement has been reached with the Blues who, according to the Mirror, met with Pato and his agents in London on Tuesday night is still ongoing.
Corinthians value Pato at around £10m, but the Blues may try to haggle down that price for the striker who has not played since November and may require at least a week of full training to get match ready.
Pato’s current club Corinthians have publicly stated that they want the 25-year-old to move on. Should the deal see the light of day, Pato will become the fifth player in the Blues first team.
Once touted as Brazil’s next rising star, Pato has 27 caps and 10 goals for his country but he has not made a Brazil squad since 2013.
He signed for AC Milan in 2007 from Internacional and scored 16 Serie A goals in 43 performances but struggled towards the end of a five-year spell and returned to Brazil with Corinthians in January 2013.
Corinthians moved him out to Sao Paulo on loan for the 2014-15 season and he scored 19 times in 59 games.