Chelsea still have an option in place to keep Alexandre Pato at the club and have until the end of 30th July to trigger it, according to the player’s agent.
The Brazilian striker arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan from Corinthians just before the close of the winter transfer window, and famously didn’t make his debut for the club until April.
He then went on to make only two league appearances for the Londoners, netting once in the process, and it’s widely believed that he will be allowed to leave Chelsea ahead of Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club after EURO 2016.
However, Pato’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, has not yet ruled out the possibility of his client staying put, revealing that a clause remains in place allowing the Premier League club to keep the 26-year-old on a permanent basis, so long as he agrees to a four-year contract:
“[I hear] Pato’s already agreed deals with Internacional, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras, Flamengo…” he told GloboEsporte (via Metro).
“But how is he going to sign for someone else when he has a contract at Chelsea until the 30th?
“He has a document there with a four-year contract that Chelsea will exercise if they want.
“I don’t know if they will do that; I’m not Roman Abramovich.
“If they don’t buy him, it will be up to Corinthians to decide what to do.
“Pato is on holiday, waiting to find out his future.”
Pato is more likely to move back to his homeland, where his reputation remains relatively high after he revived his injury-ravaged AC Milan career with a fine loan stint at Sao Paulo.