Brazilian star Alexandre Pato’s move to Chelsea has suddenly stalled because of an unsettled loan fee, according to some reports.
Sky Sports News HQ claims that Corinthians are now refusing to give Chelsea a green signal to sign Pato.
The 26-year-old Brazilian even boarded a plane from Guarulhos international airport in Sao Paulo to the UK on Thursday and was expected to be announced as Guus Hiddink’s first signing today, he was also gearing up for a medical and was very close to complete a six month loan deal after arriving at Heathrow Airport.
However according to a report from Sky Sports, the so-called ‘all but done deal’ has now hit a snag after negotiations for the initial loan fee didn’t finalise.
It’s believed Pato has already agreed personal terms with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and is poised to earn £30,000-per-week for the rest of this season. Chelsea would have the chance to sign him permanently in the summer for £15million if Pato manages to prove his worth during his loan spell.
The former AC Milan striker also said yesterday how excited he was ahead of the potential move to Stamford Bridge, calling it a ‘dream come true’.
“I’m here to make a dream come true. Chelsea is my new home. I really want to play for them,” he said.
If the Blues manage to make a negotiation with Corinthians, Pato has a chance to make his debut for the Blues against MK Dons in their FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday.
Alexandre Pato failed to hit the heights which many football pundits believed he would. He played for AC Milan from 2007 to 2012 scoring 63 goals in 150 appearances, before returning Brazil where he finally managed to discover the goal scoring form.
Pato could still become an effective player in European football. With his skills are well suited to the playing style of Premier League, and before his major hamstring injuries at AC Milan, the most important quality he was gifted with, apart from technique, was his speed. During his time with Milan, Pato’s style of play was generally bolstered with running behind the defensive lines with the help of former Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Including inside the box, Pato used to drag opponents into a one-on-one situation inside the area.
Analysing the performances Pato gave in Serie A, it is quite clear that he has all the credentials to become a very fruitful deal for Chelsea. Keeping in mind the fact that he featured in 33 matches in the last Brasileirao (Brazil’s top-flight league); it can be assumed he physically remains fit, but the question is, will he be fit enough for the Premier League?