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Alexandre Pato joins Chelsea on loan

Pato was expected to be the next big superstar, but never really found the limelight. Photo courtesy: Metro UK
Pato was expected to be the next big superstar, but never really found the limelight. Photo courtesy: Metro UK
Pato was expected to be the next big superstar, but never really found the limelight. Photo courtesy: Metro UK

Alexandre Pato flew into London to finalise a six-month loan deal with Chelsea after the move was sanctioned by his current club, Corinthians. The Brazil forward hopes his form convinces the Premier League club to make the move permanent in the summer.

The striker, who boasts 27 caps and enjoyed a productive six-year spell with Milan earlier in his career, has not played a competitive game since November when he returned from a two-season loan stint with São Paulo and will undergo medical tests in England.

The striker, who is still only 26 years old, who has entered the final 12 months of his deal at the Brazilian club and rejected the chance to move to the Chinese Second Division side Tianjin Quanjian this month. Chelsea have reportedly agreed to pay him £30,000 a week over the loan. Corinthians are keen to move Pato on permanently, and their asking price is likely to drop further from its current £10m at the end of the current English campaign.

Pato told Sky Sports: “I’m so happy. I stay here for my dream. Chelsea is my new home. Thanks to Chelsea for support. Thanks to my fans for support on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“I need to play. I don’t know what to say because I’m so happy. I’m very anxious [to play] and I want to know my new friends and players in the team. I really want to play in Chelsea.”

His arrival is likely to have implications for the immediate futures of either Loïc Rémy or Radamel Falcao at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea would ideally like to cancel the latter’s year-long loan arrangement with Monaco, though the French club have yet to be convinced by the timescale involved in the striker recovering full fitness after a thigh injury which has kept him out since the end of October.

Should they prove reluctant to recall the Colombian then Rémy may be permitted to leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football after only seven Premier League starts over 17 months at the club. Newcastle United are keen to secure his services on loan, though Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Leicester City are also suitors for his signature.

Pato’s arrival in the capital coincided with Chelsea announcing that midfielder Ramires had ended his five-and-a-half-year stint with the club after joining the Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

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