Alexandre Pato flying to London to seal Chelsea loan from Corinthians
Alexandre Pato will arrive in London on Tuesday to finalise a six-month loan move to Chelsea, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Premier League champions have held a long-standing interest in the Corinthians striker and have finally moved to bolster their attacking options with Guus Hiddink's first signing of the January transfer window.
Corinthians had wanted to secure a permanent sale for Pato, who joined the club in a deal worth around £12 million in January 2013 after a six-year spell at AC Milan was brought to an end by declining form and a succession of injuries.
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But ESPN FC sources have said that Chelsea have secured Pato on a temporary basis as cover for Diego Costa, who has scored six goals in six matches under Hiddink but was substituted with a knee injury in the 68th minute of Sunday's 1-0 win over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Radamel Falcao remains a long-term absentee after suffering a "very serious" setback in his recovery from a persistent thigh injury in December, and could yet return to parent club Monaco this month.
A source told ESPN FC on Tuesday that Newcastle United are in pole position to agree a loan deal for Loic Remy, who is disillusioned by a lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea as he works his way back to full fitness following a calf problem.
Last month, Pato -- who spent the last two years at Sao Paulo -- told the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Telegraph of his ambition to play in the Premier League for "a club that plays to be champions."
Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.