Alexandre Pato to Chelsea is an intriguing move. The Brazilian striker hasn’t played in Europe since leaving AC Milan in 2012 but Guus Hiddink - no doubt Roman Abramovich had a big role to play in the move, too - has decided it’s worth taking a gamble on the 26-year-old.
Pato will spend the rest of the season on loan at Stamford Bridge and could make his debut for the Blues against Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Ray Wilkins, who worked as Hiddink’s assistant during the Dutch coach’s first spell at Chelsea, is also fascinated by the acquisition of Pato - and he revealed something interesting Ashley Cole told him after going head-to-head with the Brazil international during a pre-season friendly.
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“I remember just before I was leaving my post at Chelsea, we toured America and we played against AC Milan in Baltimore,” Wilkins said on the Fletch and Sav show on Saturday morning. “[Alexandre Pato] played up against Ashley Cole and [Cole] said he’d never played against a fella as quick as Pato. His movement was fantastic.
“If Ashley’s saying that then he must have something in his locker.”
Pato will be desperate to prove himself in Europe
Whether Pato still possesses the same explosive pace is unclear. The match Wilkins refers to took place around six years ago and the striker and struggled with various problems since then.
That Corinthians were so keen to offload Pato suggests there’s something not quite right - but Pato will be desperate to prove his doubters wrong during his second spell in Europe.
Chelsea fans: is Alexandre Pato a decent signing - or will he be a flop? Have your say by leaving a comment below.