Chelsea Football Club has announced the loan signing of Alexandre Pato from Corinthians until the end of the season.
Pato, whose full name is Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva, is a versatile forward player with an excellent touch and impressive turn of pace.
Pato’s quoted saying ‘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.’
Emerging as one of world football’s hottest properties while at Internacional in his native Brazil, Pato earned a move to then-European champions AC Milan in the summer of 2007.
He flourished in his first season in Serie A under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti and continued to impress with his vision, movement, and clinical finishing, netting 14 goals in the Rossoneri’s title-winning campaign of 2010/11.
Pato left Milan in January 2013 having scored 63 goals in 150 appearances. He returned to Brazil to play for Corinthians and subsequently enjoyed a successful loan spell at their city rivals Sao Paulo before becoming a Chelsea player.
Pato has made 27 appearances for his national team, scoring 10 goals, and represented his country at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Pato, 26, was unveiled by the club on Friday sparking rumours that Frenchman, Loic Remy might be on his way out of the London club soon.
The Blues, who won the Premier League last season, have had a disappointing campaign and are 13th in the table, although they are still in the Champions League.
Interim manager Guus Hiddink does not think the signing of Pato is a risk.
“It’s not a gamble. Coming on loan makes it possible to view if he can adapt to the league,” said Hiddink.
Chelsea are also set to sign New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, 20.
“We’re not rushing, but he will be one of the squad members for the future,” say Hiddink.