Chelsea have reportedly taken the lead ahead of rivals Liverpool in the race to sign highly sought-after Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, according to The Independent.
The 26-year-old has been on the verge of leaving his native Brazil for some time now, with a Premier League destination firmly in mind, and after much talk of him heading to Merseyside, it now appears that he prefers a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Spurs had also been linked with his signature, but the report doesn’t even mention them, and he could now be on his way to west London, providing Guus Hiddink is able to clear the deal with the Chelsea hierarchy.
And the report states that any move will likely cost the Blues in the region of £11million, as his representatives have offered him to six Premier League clubs, but so far only Liverpool and Chelsea have shown any serious interest.
He does also have an offer from Chinese side Tianjin, who are prepared to make him the fourth highest paid player in the world, but Pato is not thought to be keen on playing in China.
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