Chelsea cast off Bundesliga-bound with Pato parachuting in

Alexandre Pato’s move to Chelsea is creeping closer to completion and, as he prepares to dunk his quill into the inkwell before decorating the dotted line, savvy punters in Germany have spotted a profit-spinning opportunity.

Yes, the domino effect of Pato’s pending Stamford Bridge arrival has seen a deluge of bets in the land of lederhosen regarding Blues striker Loic Remy donning the blau of Schalke.

In light of this intense activity, bwin have slashed the odds on the Frenchman signing for Gelsenkirchen side this winter into 9/4, diving all the way down from 20/1.

Remy has been widely tipped to leave Chelsea during the January transfer window, having made just 13 appearances across all competitions this term.

An elated Alexandre Pato is singing in the Sao Paulo rain

An elated Alexandre Pato is singing in the Sao Paulo rain

Magnifying his contribution a little further reveals only four of these were starts, just one of which was in the Premier League.

Given how inexplicably poor the west Londoners have been this term, his lack of football underlines how little the 29-year-old is thought of at the club and with additional strikers being sought, he stands to be pushed even further down the pecking order.

Clubs such as Newcastle and Crystal Palace have been linked with Remy this window, but a move to the Bundesliga may prove the rejuvenating excursion he requires to re-establish himself as one of Europe’s premier frontmen.

Schalke’s goal-getters haven’t exactly done the business in 2015/16, with top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar setting the in-house pace with just five strikes.

Die Konigsblauen copped around £26.6m from the sale of Julian Draxler at the end of the summer and speculative punters in Deutschland seem to think they’ll use this money to address their fortunes in the final third.

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Having contributed to a variety of sports betting-based journalistic mediums, James joined the bwin fraternity in early 2014. He is an avid Middlesbrough Football Club fan who frequently foresees defeats for both Newcastle and Sunderland while, in spite of his age, he remains an unashamed follower of wrestling results.