Sky Sports News HQ understands Chelsea have first option to sign Alexandre Pato from Corinthians
By Paul Gilmour
Last Updated: 25/01/16 10:58am
Sources at Corinthians have informed Sky Sports News HQ that a deal is in place with Chelsea to take Alexandre Pato to Stamford Bridge.
But interim Blues manager Guus Hiddink has reservations about concluding a deal in the current transfer window.
Sky Sports understand the agreement to sign the player, who is on loan at Sao Paulo, was reached when Jose Mourinho was still in charge at Chelsea.
The Brazilian club remain hopeful that Pato's future will be sorted in the next 48 hours.
Chelsea face competition from a club in Portugal who are also believed to have agreed a deal with Corinthians, but it's thought the player prefers a move to the Premier League.
It is understood Sporting Lisbon is not the Portuguese club in question, despite being offered Pato by the striker's representatives.