Go sign Pato, Carlo! John Terry urges Chelsea to buy Milan wonderkid
10 June 2009 01:16
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John Terry has urged Chelsea to do their utmost to sign AC Milan star Alexandre Pato after being told by David Beckham and Andriy Shevchenko that the Brazilian will make a big impact in the Premier League.
Striker Pato has already admitted he is interested in a move to Stamford Bridge and wants to talk to new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.
AC Milan insist the 19-year-old, who joined from Brazilian club Internacional for £19.6million two years ago, is not for sale, especially having sold Kaka to Real Madrid in a record deal this week.
After speaking with Beckham and Shevchenko, both of whom played withPato at Milan this season, Terry believes it will be a major coup ifthey capture the player.
Terry told The London Evening Standard:'I have heard some great things about him from those two. They say howgood a player he is, so it will be brilliant if Chelsea could sign him.
'It is great to hear he wants to talk to the new manager. I wantChelsea to be linked with the best players in the world, as I'm surethe fans do, and he is definitely one of those. He is fantastic.'
Chelsea are being linked with a number of top players in England and abroad. As well as Pato, Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero is now wanted after David Villa made it clear he is interested in joining Real Madrid. Chelsea have been looking at the Argentina international since last summer.
Chief executive Peter Kenyon is understood to have begun negotiations with the Spanish club over a £40m deal but the striker's pay demands could scupper a move.
'Ere, Becks, what's that lad Pato like? John Terry (right) trains with David Beckham ahead of England's qualifier against Andorra
He is reportedly asking for£160,000 a week after tax but Chelsea are not willing to make the 21-year-old the highest-paid player at the club, even though they are desperate to bring in a striker of his quality to improve their front-line.
While Terry admits attracting star names is important, he insists it is just as vital Chelsea secure Ashley Cole on a long-term contract.
The full-back has yet to agree terms on a new deal and is wanted by Spanish giants Barcelona, who are prepared to spend £20m to land the 28-year-old England star.
Cole has two years remaining on his contract but is looking for a pay rise that will see his salary climb from around £80,000 to £130,000 a week.
Terry added: 'He has been brilliant for club and country and I really want his contract to get resolved at Chelsea. I hope it gets done because it is very important we keep players like Ashley as well as adding to our squad. He has been in fantastic form.
'I will be in contact with him and the club over the summer to see if it gets done. He has fully proved himself.
'The fans love him and the players do too, we gave him our Players' Player of the Year Award. "It's a nice boost for him as well, you can see him playing with a lot of confidence and for me is one of the best left-backs in the world. It is very important we keep him at the club.'