Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato on loan.
After weeks of speculation, the Brazilian, who had burst on to the scene with AC Milan in Serie A, has put pen to paper on a loan deal that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, the forward spoke of his delight that the move had been completed and promised to repay the Blues’ fans’ faith.
“I am so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Pato said. “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.”
Pato, now 26, joined Milan in 2007, but failed to fulfill his early promise and eventually returned to Brazil, signing for Corinthians.
However, it was during a loan spell at Sao Paulo that he began to show glimpses of his best form.