Chelsea, Barcelona alerted as AC Milan put Pato on trial

Chelsea and Barcelona are on alert over Alexandre Pato's potential availability at AC Milan.
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Chelsea and Barcelona are on alert over Alexandre Pato's potential availability at AC Milan.

Pato's injury problems are a concern for Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and he is now on trial to prove his class leading up to the summer market.

With Antonio Cassano playing so well and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Kevin-Prince Boateng all returning to full fitness, Pato faces a battle to find a way back into coach Max Allegri's plans.

Milan media sources say the Brazilian is no longer 'unsaleable' and is effectively on trial for the remainder of this season. If his consistency doesn't improve, the Rossoneri will be prepared to sell - and even his relationship with director Barbara Berlusconi will not save him.

Pato's availability will spark a rush from Europe's biggest clubs. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a big fan of the youngster, as is his manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola was impressed by Pato in their Champions League clash earlier this season and can see him fitting seamlessly into his playing system.

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