Pato signing not a gamble

Alexandre Pato

Pato has struggled with injuries since 2010

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink does not think the expected signing of Alexandre Pato is a risk.

The 26-year-old former AC Milan forward is reportedly set to sign on loan from Brazilian club Corinthians until the end of the season.

Successful when joining Milan in 2007, he scored once in his final 21 games before returning to Brazil in 2013.

“It’s not a gamble. Coming on loan makes it possible to view if he can adapt to the league,” said Hiddink.

“He is in London. He is now in the process of bureaucratic paperwork.”

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Pato arrives in London

The forward has scored 10 goals in 25 caps for Brazil, but last appeared for his country in 2013.

He also won a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

Chelsea are also set to sign New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga.

“We’re not rushing, but he will be one of the squad members for the future,” added Hiddink.


by Tim Sturtridge, South American football journalist

  • Pato has struggled with injuries since 2010 (hamstrings, thigh strains, muscle pulls), which curtailed his time in Milan. His return to Brazil with Corinthians was not successful with the £11.5m price tag (a massive fee for a Brazilian club to pay) weighing heavily on him.
  • The pace, movement and trickery that marked Pato out as a special talent in his early years have declined as injuries have taken their toll. There are parallels with Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao in this respect.
  • A positive for Chelsea is that Pato has turned down bigger money in China and at 26 he knows this is his last chance to make an impact in Europe. He will be aiming to reach Brazil’s Copa America squad this summer.

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