Alexandre Pato should be arriving to London at the moment to complete his loan move to Chelsea. On Monday, reports confirmed that the Brazil striker was poised to undergo a Stamford Bridge medical after agreeing the terms of a loan transfer that will see him stay at the west London club until the end of the season.
According to Brazilian TV channel Sportv, Pato’s move to Chelsea was confirmed on Monday and that he will be extending his contract with Corinthians ahead of arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been in talks with Corinthians over a temporary move for 26-year-old strike, who will be flying to London from Sao Paulo at 11.50pm Brazilian time, hence he will be in London on Wednesday morning.
It is reported that the Blues are ready to pay the entirety of his wages for the rest of the season which could set back over £550,000.
The Brazilian’s representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Gilmar Veloz met with Chelsea on Monday to tie up the deal for the loan move, which is considered imminent.
Pato, who has just completed a relatively productive two-year loan spell at Sao Paulo, still has to pass a medical and gain a work permit but it’s speculated that his transfer will be officially announced as soon as he arrives in London.
Pato scored 26 goals while on loan at Sao Paulo last season, but he has fallen out-of-favor at his parent club.
The 26-year-old had reportedly fancied to play in the Premier League, and had spoken to countryman Willian about his possible loan move to Stamford Bridge.
Last month, Pato said: “One day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the No. 1 in the world.”
Corinthians were reportedly keen on a permanent transfer for Pato but Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink urged the club to evaluate the fitness and hunger of the player before sanctioning a long-term deal.
The 26-year-old has not feature in any competitive football since November and may lack the required match fitness to feature straight away into the Blues’ first-team.