Chelsea close to loan agreement of international striker

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Chelsea are said to be on the verge of snapping up Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato on a loan deal, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian international has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for several weeks now and reports over the past few days have suggested that an £8million is close to being completed.

However, The Mail report states that manager Guus Hiddink put a hold on shelling out for a permanent move as he would prefer a loan deal first and that talks are at an advanced stage over that happening.

It is claimed that representatives from both parties met on Sunday to hash out the finer details with a move to bring him to Stamford Bridge on loan close to being agreed.

Chelsea will also have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season if everybody is satisfied with the arrangement.

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