Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Alexandre Pato from the Brazilian side, Corithinians via their official website.
Pato joins on a six-month loan deal after the London side decided not to sign the striker permanently. This may have been due to reported doubts over the striker from the Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink.
Upon joining the club, Pato said:
I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new team-mates and cannot wait to play.
I thank Chelsea for their support and hope I can repay this faith to the club and its fans.
The striker was hoping to join the Premier League after two years in Brazil. Pato had spoken of his desire to play in Europe. He has since been linked with a move to Liverpool, however, Jurgen Klopp ruled out a move for Pato, clearing the way for the former AC Milan to join Chelsea.
Prior to having his medical, he admitted that the move to Chelsea was a dream come true for the striker.
Corithinians were keen to offload Pato due to the player’s high wage demands. Whilst Chelsea have been forced into the market, after all, three strikers have been suffering from niggling injuries throughout the campaign.
Prior to heading to Brazil, Pato enjoyed a successful spell in Italy for AC Milan, where he was dubbed as one to watch in the future. However, he has never really managed to fulfill his potential.
During his time at AC Milan, he scored 63 goals in 150 appearances. Reports have emerged that suggested the striker spoke to both Willian and Marco Amelia before joining the club.