Chelsea are reportedly considering the termination Alexandre Pato’s loan contract before the end of the season without the Brazil international making a single appearance for the Blues since sealing a loan move in January until the end of the season from Corinthians.
According to the the Evening Standard, Chelsea are considering cutting their loses by canceling Pato’s current £30,000-a-week deal prematurely.
The former AC Milan forward arrived at Satmford Bridge extremely short on match fitness, having been out of competitive football since last year, and the Brazil international was afforded time to train by manager Guus Hiddink in an effort to return to the level expected to compete in the Premier league.
Pato was brought in to offer support to lead striker Diego Costa given that alternative options Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao were both struggling with injury and a lack of form. But despite Chelsea including Pato in their squads for both the Premier League and Champions League, he is yet to make his debut for the club and was left as an unused substitute twice earlier this month.
To make matters worse for Pato, Hiddink confirmed that 20-year-old forward Bertrand Traore had moved ahead of the former AC Milan striker in the striker pecking order, and even though Costa faces a possible ban after being charged for improper conduct by the FA for his sending-off against Everton, Pato is unlikely to feature.
Both Traore and Remy have been preferred by Hiddink in recent matches, while Falcao has finally returned to training following five months out with a thigh injury.