Alexandre Pato was close to Atlético Mineiro before his move to Chelsea
Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato narrowly missed out on a loan move to Atlético Mineiro until the end of December.
There was a delay in completing Pato's move to Chelsea, and Corinthians saw Atlético Mineiro as an alternative if negotiations with the Premier League side failed to materialize. According to the information from Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade, the former AC Milan man was involved in the deal for the transfer of striker André from Atlético to Corinthians. Despite the delay and fear of Corinthians, Pato was passed on to the Blues until July. In England since the beginning of February, the player still awaits his first opportunity in the team led by Guus Hiddink. Pato has only made the bench in recent matches, and this has generated anger at Corinthians, who might have asked the player's representatives to put pressure on the English team to play him.
Without getting Pato, Atlético Mineiro managed to close the signing of Robinho, who signed a two year deal. The former striker of Santos played for Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in the second half of last year.