The 25-year-old has returned to Corinthians following a successful loan spell at Sao Paulo and a move back to Europe could help to re-ignite the Brazilian international’s career.
Although a fee of £11m isn’t excessive, it is nonetheless a move that would represent something of a risk given how inconsistent Pato’s career has been since he left the San Siro in January 2013.
In his pomp, Pato was considered one of the best strikers in world football, and for three successive seasons the speedy striker netted a over a dozen goals in Serie A action alone, but then followed a period of injury and form concerns that eventually led to a return to his native Brazil.
Louis van Gaal could do with a fresh striking option given that he elected to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce, but Pato wouldn’t necessarily offer more than the likes of Wayne Rooney or Javier Hernandez. Perhaps a move to Chelsea would see Pato as a decent backup option to Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao.
The Daily Telegraph reports that whilst Stoke City and Sunderland are interested in Pato, he is not considering a move to either club.