BRAZILIAN wonderkid Alexandre Pato is set to play off AC Milan and Chelsea against one another in a bid to get more money.
He says he wants to talk to Carlo Ancelotti about a move to Chelsea - but the Blues should beware of being mere pawns in Milan's internal politics.
Hopes of getting Kaka to follow Ancelotti to west London have gone, but they should not expect to find it any easier to secure the considerable consolation prize of Kaka's 19-year-old team-mate.
The Italian giants will fight tooth and nail to avoid losing a second big star this summer - Kaka agreeing a world record £56million transfer to Real Madrid this week - especially such a young star in an ageing side.
And Pato's apparent words of encouragement to the Bridge may simply be a bargaining chip to land a more lucrative contract at the San Siro - funded by the massive fee for Kaka.
Pato told Italy's leading sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport: "It is an honour for me to be appreciated by a club like Chelsea.
"I will talk to Ancelotti, then I will meet Milan officials. My future will be clearer at the end of June.
"Nothing has been decided yet. I want to speak with Ancelotti. He is an amazing man. He helped me emerge at Milan and in Italian football. Before deciding my future, I want to talk to him."
Unless Milan decide to cash in and further ease their debts, the Blues may have to harden their interest in Spanish striker David Villa, who will be offloaded by cash-strapped Valencia.