Corinthians reportedly expect Chelsea to sign Alexandre Pato on a permanent transfer.
The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge, and has made just two Premier League appearances, scoring once.
Despite this, and young talent such as Dominic Solanke and Bertrand Traore being at the club, the Brazilian side fully expect their player to be with the Blues next season – according to Sky Sports.
Incoming manager Antonio Conte is thought to be a fan of the striker, and wants the Londoners to keep him ahead of his arrival after Euro 2016.
League stats: Pato vs Chelsea’s young strikers
Minutes per goal: 131
Minutes per goal: 120
Dominic Solanke (at Vitesse Arnhem):
Minutes per goal: 248.6
With rumours swirling around the future of first choice forward Diego Costa, the Italian may be looking to bolster his striking ranks in case the Spain international decides to leave.