Alexandre Pato has yet to make an appearance in a Chelsea shirt, but that isn't stopping the English press from writing about him with just nine meaningless games left to be played. The topic? His weekly wage.
The Brazilian striker, who is yet to play a minute since arriving from Corinthians on loan until the end of the season in the January transfer window, is earning around £30k-a-week.
That means the 26-year-old has cost the Blues a staggering £200k so far and without pulling on his No.11 shirt as yet.
£30k per week? Crazy. That means that Pato is making about the same weekly wage as loan legends such as Marco Van Ginkel, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, and Nathaniel Chalobah, while serving as the last man on the Chelsea bench. That wage also places him at roughly 50% of what Ruben Loftus-Cheek is earning to see about the same amount of action for the first team. £30k is a lot of money for many clubs in Europe, but realistically, Chelsea isn't one of those clubs, and hasn't been one for many, many years.
Even in the era of FFP, Pato's salary is as close to inconsequential as it could possibly be. If you need something to be outraged about, however, have at it.