He will earn less than Victor Moses and will likely see a lot of the bench, but that hasn’t stopped Alexandre Pato calling his soon-to-be-announced loan move to Chelsea “a dream come true”.
The forward was snapped arriving at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday afternoon to complete the move from Brazilian club Corinthians.
The deal sees Pato, who emerged as a star at AC Milan before injuries halted his progress, join Guus Hiddink’s team for six-months.
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The 26-year-old expressed his joy at the move upon his arrival in London.
“I’m here to make a dream come true,” he told ESPN Brazil, as reported by the Mirror.
“Chelsea is my new home. I really want to play for them.”
Chelsea fans will also be impressed by Pato’s desperation to impress. His demise - the Brazilian left Milan in 2013 for Corinthians, where board member Edu said he lacked “guts” - has left Pato with a lot to prove.
Fortunately time is on his side. If Pato impresses at Chelsea, there’s every chance the Blues turn his loan move into a permanent one.
He continued: “I’m very happy… and very nervous. I want to meet my new team-mates so I can adapt as quickly as possible.
“Yes, it’s been a while without playing, but nothing that my new colleagues can’t help me with.”
In compatriots Oscar, Willian and Kenedy, Pato has a trio of players who will help him adjust to live in England.
Has he got it?
His spell in England promises to be fascinating. This is a player who destroyed Barcelona’s defence in the 2011 Champions League, scoring a stunning goal after 24 seconds, but whose climb to the top was halted by injuries.
He will likely be third in the depth chart behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, although the Frenchman is rumoured to be seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Pato will earn £33,000-a-week according to The Sun - Moses, currently on loan at West Ham, earns £35,000-a-week.