With the January transfer window at hand, English football club Chelsea, in the latest turn of events, have been linked with AC Milan and Brazil forward Alexandre Pato who will cost the London-based club around £40 million.

The Blues, even during the managerial term of Carlo Ancelotti, had been heavily linked with the 22-year-old, and now, new reports suggest that current Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) is looking forward to a deal that will bring the player to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Chelsea's current line of reputed forwards - Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka - have not produced anything fancy this season and the Blues boss is facing a tough time justifying the presence of all the established strikers at the club, leading him to consider making major changes to the team's attacking line-up.

Although Villas-Boas has a lot of faith in the likes of Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Daniel Sturridge, one of the team's key men, Fernando Torres, is still struggling to find his form and has not made any crucial impact thus far. AVB may sell him this January if the right offer is placed before him.

The manager, according to reports, also feels that the services of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou are no longer needed and it's high time they moved on to better career prospects in Europe.

Pato is reported to be unhappy at the San Siro, having made just three Serie A appearances thus far this season and may also feel that his time is up with the Italian giants. He is currently under contract at Milan until the summer of 2014, according to a Caughtoffside report.

Alexandre Pato, thus far, has made 105 appearances for Milan and has managed to find the back of the net 50 times.