Chelsea Ready to Make Record Breaking £50m Move: Transfer Coup of the Summer or Wishful Thinking?

Can Carlo persuade his former charge to move to Stamford Bridge?

Sports News - February 24, 2010

Alexandre Pato today declined to rule out a future move to England hinting that Chelsea, who are managed by his former coach Carlo Ancelotti, would be the most likely destination.

The 20–year-old AC Milan striker was pursued by the Blues last summer, and reportedly still tops Ancelotti and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s shopping list and could cost the Blues a record £50 million should they swoop for him this summer.

Pato, when asked if he could ever see himself playing in England one day, told UK: “I follow English football a lot and Ancelotti, the coach who brought me to Milan is in England now at Chelsea. I love London.”

Pato regards the Chelsea boss as a father figure and when he was unsettled at Milan last summer, he insisted that he would decide his future after speaking with Ancelotti.

A bid for £38m was knocked back by Milan and a move was scuppered at the last minute by Silvio Berlusconi, who had pledged to the fans he would not lose. (

If there are players on the planet with more potential that Alexandre Pato then I would very much like to see them in action. The 20 year old Brazilian international has been the ‘one to watch’ for a few years now and he is beginning to mature into a potential legend of the future. In the past 18 months he has become a more prolific and lethal striker and it comes as no surprise to hear Europe’s biggest sides looking to nab the AC Milan man and given the recent problems the San Siro side has had a move may well be on the cards.

Chelsea could do with adding some more youth to their starting eleven and given the links between Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian giants speculation was always going to emerge regarding any potential exit and now the youngster has come out and made some interesting statements that could well further the case for a move this summer.

However it is probably a move that AC can not afford to make. Financially stricken, even after selling Kaka for a kings ransom, Silvio Berlusconi can not afford to anger the club’s supporters by offloading another big name, no matter how much they are offered. Therefore a move can only really become a possibility if Pato himself demands it and that only becomes a plausible act if the club fails to show signs of progress and even then it would be very brave for the starlet to push for a move and then become the focus of that fan anger.

Watch this space.

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