Alexandre Pato Officially Joins Chelsea on Loan from Corinthians

Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist

Alexandre Pato of Brazil's Sao Paulo FC celebrates after scoring against Uruguay's Danubio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Chelsea have completed the loan signing of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, after continued speculation over a move to Stamford Bridge.

Continue for updates.

Pato Seals Blues Switch

Friday, Jan. 29

Chelsea confirmed the Brazilian's temporary transfer ahead of deadline day.

Pato Comments on Chelsea Move

Wednesday, Jan. 27

"So happy, so happy, I stay here for my dream," said Pato, reported by Oliver Todd of the MailOnline. "Chelsea is my new home. Thanks Chelsea for the support. Thank you for my fans. I need to play I need to … I don't know what to say because I am so happy today."

Financial Details of Pato Move Revealed

Wednesday, Jan. 20

According to Mauro Cezar Pereira of ESPN Brasil (h/t, Pato has a verbal agreement to join the Blues on an annual salary of £1.77 million.

Brazil Star Has Much to Prove

Pato moved to Corinthians from the San Siro in January 2013 before being loaned to Sao Paulo for a two-year stint beginning in 2014, where he netted 29 goals in 61 appearances.

The 26-year-old enjoyed his best season in Europe in 2008-09, when he netted 18 goals in 42 games for AC Milan. Pato is now a more versatile player, though, having played portions of his Sao Paulo tenure on the wing.

Sport Witness raised a valid point, noting that due to Brazil's season not matching up with Europe's, there's a risk Pato could be lacking in match fitness if he were to move to west London.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have been searching for an in-form striker this season to support Diego Costa who has enjoyed a recent resurgence under interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Radamel Falcao's loan spell from Monaco will come to an end this summer, while Loic Remy has been sidelined since arriving in west London, making just four starts this season, so the Blues are wise to have added a reinforcement.