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Well, hes all but signed.

Alexandre Pato says his soon-to-be-completed loan move to Chelsea is "a dream come true".

The forward arrived in London on Wednesday afternoon to finalise his switch after the Blues agreed a deal with Brazilian club Corinthians.

Pato will sign a six-month deal with Chelsea, who will pay his wages – believed to be around £31,000 a week – for the duration of the loan spell.

"I'm here to make a dream come true," he told ESPN Brasil upon arrival at Heathrow.

"Chelsea is my new home. I really want to play for them.

Video of him chatting here

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/10145694/ramires-joins-chinese-side-jiangsu-suning-from-chelsea

Lets hope he settles, works really hard and starts banging goals in when called upon!

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Whilst its your opinion; I cannot for the life of me see how this is sensible business versus giving one of our own the chance to show why we have brought him through the youth ranks - Patrick Bamford; just when are we going to trust our young players v dragging has been players like Pato half way across the world just to show us he's all washed up. In my opinion a poor decision by the inept decision makers sloshing around in this club.

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well he's cheap and can play in a few roles. 

 

plus he must know this is probably his big shot. sparky rehabilitated bojan after years of struggles, if we somehow do that here we have one of the biggest talents of his generation for basically nothing. he looks happy anyway!

 

who knows.

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Whilst its your opinion; I cannot for the life of me see how this is sensible business versus giving one of our own the chance to show why we have brought him through the youth ranks - Patrick Bamford; just when are we going to trust our young players v dragging has been players like Pato half way across the world just to show us he's all washed up. In my opinion a poor decision by the inept decision makers sloshing around in this club.

 

He's on loan and it's up to Chelsea to decide whether he deserves a deal at the end of the season. This is Pato's one big chance to get his career back on track and if he's got any sense in his head, he'll grab that chance and work hard. As for the youngsters... as it seems inevitable that Remy will leave either on loan or on a permanent deal(he's been hardly available because of injuries anyway), it wouldn't be a good idea to continue the season with Costa and two youngsters as our "strike force" (Falcao probably won't play for us again) when we've still got Champions League and FA Cup to play for and there's also the small matter of Premier League. January transfer window isn't an easy time of the year to recruit strikers, so I'd say this is quite a sensible way to handle it.

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The question, rhetorical for many, is also a natural, knee jerk one  - will Alexandre Pato be just another of those [too] latecomers to the Chelsea party? Sadly, he’s a carbon copy of Radamel Falcao in terms of last chance saloon desperation and comparable with Fernando Torres in his going straight from post-Scouse hit to second-hand rose miss. In fact, all the ‘Duck’ warning signs hang around the Bridge with heavyhearted knowingness and the jokes are likely to be endless. Said to be far too laid back and upper class for the Brazilian Corinthian Set he is thought, by current middleclass employers a perfect fit for SW6. Exactly what the London-based and very English Corinthian Casuals of yesteryear would have done with him is anyone’s guess, but mine would be they’d have worshipped the ground he strolled on, believing all airs and graces and high brow amateur insouciance to always be an open invitation to any Duck Pate - yah!

 

But nowadays the fans know different, don’t we, and languid skill is appreciated, being longed-for to a much greater degree - as in the case of Under-18’s midfielder Kyle Scott - well I love watching him anyway. And I think there once was a Patrick Bamford, who would dearly like to swan around up front for us in similar fashion to Alexandre, presumably. Except he wont now, because he’s been Duck-downed, his feathers all ruffled and browned off by the whole situation, no doubt. Still, there is always next season for Patrick, I suppose, when tempus fugit and our Guus is cooked. Then we’ll get a gander at the guy who will be preparing our future fare. Rammy’s already off [the menu] and the hope must be for more Ruben Loftus Cheeks to be plated up and set before us…. like the King was back in the Sixties. Yah, right!

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Whilst its your opinion; I cannot for the life of me see how this is sensible business versus giving one of our own the chance to show why we have brought him through the youth ranks - Patrick Bamford; just when are we going to trust our young players v dragging has been players like Pato half way across the world just to show us he's all washed up. In my opinion a poor decision by the inept decision makers sloshing around in this club.

It's sensible because we've secured a player with experience of winning titles and playing European football to our squad.

A player with more European experience than Remy and Falcao combined.

A player joining us in good form, coming in off the back if two seasons of scoring with respectable frequency.

Patrick Bamford has played less football than Pato in the last six months. He's got next to zero experience playing in the top flight.

Remy and Falcao have barely been fit all season and now we've secured a short term loan of a player who can provide cover up front but also on the wings and considering Pedro and Hazard's indifferent form all season that's an added bonus.

With Ramires leaving it means RLC might get chances to impress for the rest of the season, so we may well be entrusting our youth but what we're not doing is leaving ourselves with a massively inexperienced squad.

This is a low risk, low money move for a player who isn't in tyr twilight years of his career, hs turned down a big money move to China so he's clearly still got some career aspirations.

It could work out really well and he bolsters nut if not we've ultimately lost nothing by trying.

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  • 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.

just pulled this off bbc sport

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