Chelsea have reportedly stepped up talks for the signing of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato and the deal is poised to complete before the end of this week.
The talks are progressing well and Pato could be a Chelsea player in time before Sunday’s London Derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.
The Brazil international is available for £10m and Blue’s interim coach Guss Hiddink believes he could help the team’s misfiring front line.
Chelsea are becoming overly concerned by recent injury concerns for the star striker Diego Costa, while his back-ups Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are still out with thigh problem.
Corinthians want to sell the 26-year-old forward and have reportedly offered him to a number of Premier League clubs including the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle in the recent weeks.
Pato spend last season at Sao Paolo after a bust up at Corinthians and scored 26 goals in all competitions.
The £10m modest price tag of the player makes it relatively easy for Chelsea to tie up the deal, but he is also vulnerable to injuries.
Pato is not cup-tied and could be also registered to feature in rest of their Champions League ties starting off with the clash against Paris St-Germain next month.
If the deal goes through it is now certain that young striker Patrick Bamford, who cut short his loan spell at Crystal Palace could be on the move again and this time across London to Championship side QPR.