Done Deal: South American hitman completes ‘dream’ move to Chelsea

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Chelsea confirmed on Friday that they had completed the signing of Corinthians and Brazil forward Alexandre Pato.

The Blues, in a statement on their website, confirmed that they had recruited the South American attacker on loan, and Pato will remain at Stamford Bridge until the end of the campaign.

The site describes the attacker as a “versatile forward player with an excellent touch and impressive turn of pace.”

The forward himself, as quoted by [as above], revealed that it was a ‘dream’ to have signed.

“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,” the 26-year-old began.

“I thank Chelsea for their support and hope I can repay this faith to the club and its fans.”

The Pensioners will be hoping that the striker—who shone in Serie A at AC Milan before injuries stymied his progress—can hit the ground running and help them climb the league.

The reigning champions endured a horrific first half of the campaign, leading to the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December, but have shown signs that they have turned the corner under Guus Hiddink.

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The Blues are in 13th in the Premier League table, having won only seven of their opening 23 matches. The west London heavyweights have lost nine matches to date and, with only 28 points in the bag, are only seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Hiddink will be desperate for Pato—who scored 19 goals in 59 showings for Sao Paulo on loan since 2014—to help fire Chelsea into unlikely contention for a European spot, while there may well be expectations that the Brazil forward could flourish in the Champions League.

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