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Striker Flies-In For Medical Ahead Of Chelsea Move
With the winter transfer window in full swing, manager’s are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season. Today, Alexandre Pato is on the verge of joining Chelsea….
Alexandre Pato is en route to London on Tuesday night to complete a six-month loan move to Chelsea from Corinthians ahead of a possible permanent deal this summer, according to the Guardian.
Chelsea are on the look out for striking reinforcements this month with Loic Remy expected to leave Stamford Bridge after failing to establish himself following his arrival from Queens Park Rangers in 2014.
Pato has emerged as something of a surprise target is recent weeks with several reports linking him with a move to West London while ESPN claimed last week that the Blues were putting the finishing touches on a deal after the Brazilian hitman had agreed personal terms.
It looks like the move is on the verge of completion as the Guardian are reporting that Pato’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, has confirmed the striker will fly to London tonight and undergo a medical on Wednesday.
As long as there are no last minute problems, the newspaper says the 26-year-old will join Chelsea on an initial six-month loan deal with a view to a permanent switch in the summer if things work out well for all parties.
Pato is in the final year of his contract so the Guardian suggest that Chelsea are confident Corinthians will have to lower their current £10m asking price at the end of the season, so the Blues could pick up a bargain if the striker turns out to be a success in the Premier League.
It’s going to take Pato some time to get his match fitness back up to scratch as he hasn’t played a competitive game since November when he returned from a two-year loan spell at Sao Paulo, where the striker netted 38 goals in 95 games.
It’s certainly an intriguing move by Chelsea and something of a risk when you consider Pato hasn’t played in Europe since leaving AC Milan in 2013 after struggling to regain his previous form following a series of injury problems.
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However, if Chelsea can get the Brazilian international 100% fit and confident in front of goal, it could turn out to be a shrewd move as Pato has bags of talent and was once regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in world football.