Chelsea agree loan deal for Corinthians star Pato

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 1:29

Alexandre Pato: Heading for Chelsea

Chelsea have signed Alexandre Pato on a six-month loan deal, according to Brazilian media outlet Globo.

Corinthians forward Pato, 26, will travel to England later today to sign for the Blues until the end of the season.

Chelsea are believed to have agreed to pay Pato’s £1.3million wages until the end of the campaign.

Pato’s agent Gilmar Veloz informed Globo of the deal and Chelsea are expected to confirm the move on Wednesday.

The former AC Milan star is currently contracted to Corinthians until the end of 2016.

Jose MOurinho reportedly had an agreement in place to sign Pato before he was sacked as Chelsea manager.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink is believed to have stalled the deal because he was not keen on a permanent move for the former AC Milan frontman, who has struggled with injuries. But Hiddink has now sanctioned a temporary switch for the player, who is expected to extend his contract with Corinthians ahead of arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are expected to also sell Ramires to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for £25million, while Loic Remy is also expected to leave once Pato arrives.

Pato revealed last month that it was his dream to play in the Premier League.

“I was told Chelsea were interested but my dream was to play with Ronaldo.

“When Milan called my manager, I wanted to go there to make my dreams of playing with Ronaldo and (Paolo) Maldini come true.

“But one day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the Premier League is the number one in the world. It is very competitive,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

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