Brazilian striker Pato’s six-month loan move from Corinthians to Chelsea has been finalised, according to Sky sources in Brazil.
The Blues have agreed terms with the 26-year-old, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer transfer window.
Pato’s current club Corinthians had reportedly stated they wanted the forward to move on and they now have their wish, although the deal has not yet been officially confirmed by Chelsea.
Once touted as Brazil’s next rising star, Pato has 27 caps and 10 goals for his country but he has not made a Brazil squad since 2013.
He signed for AC Milan in 2007 from Internacional and scored 16 Serie A goals in 43 performances but struggled towards the end of a five-year spell and returned to Brazil with Corinthians in January 2013.
Corinthians moved him out to Sao Paulo on loan for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and he scored 19 times in 59 league games.
Pato has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Brazil but has not played for the national side since a 2-0 friendly win over Zambia in October 2013
Earlier this month, Pato was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but turned it down in order to pursue a return to Europe.
In September, the player claimed he had been offered the chance to sign for Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
“Two hours before [the window closed] I had a very good offer from Manchester United,” Pato told Sportv, although he did not give any further details of the proposed deal.