Pato's Next Move Already Being Planned
Barring some sort of miracle, Alexandre Pato's time at Stamford Bridge won't extend beyond the end of his loan spell this season and the 26-year-old Brazilian striker is already being lined up for another move.
The former AC Milan wonderkid has barely featured since making the move to Chelsea in January, scoring just once since arriving from Corinthians in the winter transfer window. Now a return to his home country is on the cards, but not with Corinthians, but rather Fluminense, who are looking to offload club icon Fred (he of 2014 World Cup infamy) after a falling out with manager Levir Culpi.
ESPN Brazil are reporting that both clubs would be interested in a swap deal for the strikers, with Fred unhappy at constantly being substituted despite Fluminense currently being in the midst of a 10 match unbeaten run under Culpi, who led them to second place in the Brasileirão last season.
Brazilian striker Fred, considered a club icon at Fluminense, is very unhappy with coach Levir and has threatened to leave the team. Crazy!- Sán (@Zizouology) April 11, 2016
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Fred knows his value within the club. He met the club's president and apparently said he can leave if they don't sack Levir. "Me or Levir"- Sán (@Zizouology) April 11, 2016
A Fluminense counselor told Jorge Nicola that there's a rumor in the club about the possibility of Fred being replaced by Alexandre Pato.- Sán (@Zizouology) April 11, 2016
INCREDIBLE! Rádio Globo reports that Brazilian striker Fred is leaving Fluminense.- Sán (@Zizouology) April 11, 2016
(H/T 101 Great Goals)
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