Chelsea is set to sign former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato on loan according to reports in England. Pato will fly to London to complete his medical, after the move was sanctioned by Corinthians, his current club in Brazil, The Guardian has reported.
Pato hasn’t played a competitive game since November and has been on loan for two seasons at Santos. Pato’s agent Gilmar Veloz, told Brazilian TV said that his client has already boarded a flight and he will complete the deal soon.
Pato however has come out in the open and made his desire to play for Chelsea clear. The Brazilian forward was quoted in BBC saying:
“I really want to play for Chelsea. I need to play. I’m so happy”
He also spoke to press after he landed in London’s Heathrow airport. According to BBC, Pato said:
“Thanks Chelsea for the support and thanks for my fans. I want to know my new friends, the new players, and the team.”
The arrival of Pato to Chelsea will see the likes of Loic Remy and Rademel Falcao think about their respective futures at the club. The club is also reportedly likely to cancel Falcao’s year-long loan arrangement with Monaco, but that is subject to his recovery from a thigh injury that has kept him out since October.
Pato was also keen on lucrative offers from China, where his Brazilian teammate and Chelsea midfielder Ramires is heading towards. Ramires completed a £25m move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.
Pato reportedly turned down a move to Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian in which he would earn more than €1 million per month as he seeked a move back to Europe.
Pato joined AC Milan as a 17 year old, and even though he has racked up 117 appearances for the Italian club, he fell apart in his final 21 Serie A games, scoring just once. He was then shipped to Brazil in 2013 where he joined the Corinthians on a permanent deal.