Chelsea have been linked with former golden-boy Alexandre Pato this transfer window, as the striker looks for a move away from Corinthians.

The forward has lots of European experience - spending five years at AC Milan - and has revitalised his career after a terrible maiden season at the Brazilian side.

Here is all you need to know about the man who could be on his way to the Blues.

Name: Alexandre Pato

Age: 26. Born September 2, 1989

Previous clubs: Internacional, AC Milan, Sao Paulo (loan)

Current club: Corinthians

Nationality: Brazilian

International caps: 27

Value: £10m


Pato has faded into obscurity since he left Milan
Pato has faded into obscurity since he left Milan

Pato is a fast and agile forward with unquestionable technical ability.

The Brazilian had been touted as one of the world's most promising footballers in his early career due to his ability with both feet and excellent close control.

The centre-forward is also a proven goalscorer - netting 51 times in 117 appearances for AC Milan and 10 in 27 for his country.

The 26-year-old can play anywhere along the forward line, but his strength has come under question at current club Corinthians, with board member and former Arsenal midfielder Edu saying: "He didn't have the guts that our supporters demand of any player signed by Corinthians.

“It’s not that he should have been mean on the pitch, but to have a little bit of knife between his teeth; to think ‘If I'm not doing well technically today I’ll do it in another way, I’ll use my strength’.”

Pato never settled into the Corinthians team and a string of bad performances led to the fans, staff and even players turning on the 26-year-old.

The striker is undeniably gifted however and made a conscious effort to become more physical last season - it worked.

The striker netted 26 goals for Sao Paulo and has put himself back on the radar of many European teams and Corinthians are still willing to sell.

Link to Chelsea:

Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea gestures (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Pato has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this transfer window, with Corinthians looking to offload the player who has not lived up to their fans' expectations.

Earlier in the month Jurgen Klopp told journalists, "my advice to you is to not follow the Pato path any longer", effectively ruling the Reds out of a potential move for the Brazilian.

It is believed a verbal agreement of terms has been made between Chelsea and the Brazilian's agent, but the Blues are said to be angling for an initial loan move for the forward who they were considering signing in 2009 for a monster £45m.

The Brazilian has his heart set on a switch to England, leading him to turn down a lucrative offer from Chinese second division side Tianjin Quanjian earlier this month.

What people have said about him:

"I regret buying him, but the failure is his own fault. At the time no-one was against it. Everyone knows that we’re praying day and night, praying to sell him."

- Corinthians President Roberto De Andrade, 2015.

"He will be his [Ronaldo's] heir. He has goals in his blood, just like the 'fenomeno'. He can play as a first or second striker. He will become a fundamental player."

- Former Brazil captain Dunga, 2012.

“It’s normal to have up and downs. [But] he needs to do more establish himself. Do you know what happens? The kid plays two games and the media already says that he’s better than Pele. But Pele played more than 1,000 matches, and scored more than 1,000 goals – you can’t compare to him."

- Dunga, 2015.

John Terry of Chelsea

"I have heard some great things about him from those two [Andriy Shevchenko and David Beckham]. They say how good a player he is, so it will be brilliant if Chelsea could sign him. It is great to hear he wants to talk to the new manager. I want Chelsea to be linked with the best players in the world, as I'm sure the fans do, and he is definitely one of those. He is fantastic."

- John Terry speaking in 2009.