Supposedly Manchester City are interested in AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato, and they’re going to be battling Inter and Chelsea for his signature.
Pato is a good player, but is he what Man City need? With Sergio Aguero taking to the Premier League like a duck to water and David Silva playing the way he is, it is not clear exactly what Pato would add to their attacking options.
In the last January window it was heavily rumoured that AC Milan were going to offer Pato to City as part of a swap deal, with Mario Balotelli going the other way.
But that was when his form was patchy and he spent most of the time moaning at team-mates and just generally being a problem child.
A year on and his position is very much different, Roberto Mancini is reaping the rewards for sticking by him and at the moment he is amongst the goals, so it is unlikely Mancini would be open to such a deal now.
According to Italian website calciomercato.com AC Milan have told Pato he can leave in January and given his talent there will undoubtedly be a number of bidders.
Chelsea were rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian international last January, but with Pato only making three Serie A starts this season, £40m would be a lot even for Roman Abramovich.
A more likely deal would be Pato to Chelsea, with Drogba and some money going to AC Milan. Drogba is by no means past it but is finding he has become increasingly sidelined this season and would find the Italian League a happy hunting ground with his pace and power.
So then there is the other candidate; Inter Milan, one look at the Serie A table could answer that question, Inter have struggled to replace Mourinho as manager and this season have only won two games out of nine as they currently sit one place above the relegation zone in 17th.
AC Milan on the other hand are fourth having won their last four games and are only two points off leaders Juventus.
Also the 22-year-old’s contract runs until the summer of 2014, so we’ll have to wait and see where he’ll end up, it would not be surprising if he was still wearing the black and red of Milan next season.