Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern left bewildered and bemused by the bizarre signing of Alexandre Pato in the January transfer window have see the ongoing saga take another twist.
The Evening Standard report that parent club Corinthians have become frustrated at his lack of action since moving to West London on loan.
He had to wait 64 days until handed his debut by Guus Hiddink, though he did add to his ever growing cult-hero status by coming on and scoring in the game against Aston Villa last month.
The Blues reportedly have an option making a deal for the 26-year old forward a more permanent affair, though the Brazilian juggernauts will recall him if there is no indication they wish to do that.
‘He still has a contract with us which has to be honoured’, revealed club chief Roberto de Andrade.
‘So nothing has changed in the situation regarding Pato.’
‘So, If Chelsea don’t want him anymore and don’t pay for his transfer, then he will move back to Corinthians.’
The former AC Milan prodigy has stated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the course of this season, ending an almost four-year stint back in his native South America.
While at the San Siro, the Brazil international was widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in world football, though injuries and a dip in form soon derailed his momentum.
Seriously, what was the point in signing Pato? Can he really have a future with Chelsea?