Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato is to fly to London overnight to complete a six-month loan deal with Chelsea.

The move was sealed after after the move was sactioned by his current club, who are keen to offload the 26-year-old before his contract expires in 12 months time.

The striker, who spent five intermittently successful years at Milan between 2007 and 2012 and has won 27 international caps, has not played a competitive game since November when he returned from a two-season loan spell with Sao Paulo.

Pato’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, told Brazilian TV that his client would catch a flight just before midnight on Tuesday and provided he passes a medical, will officially become a Chelsea player within the next 24 hours.

Pato turned down the chance to move to the Chinese Second Division side Tianjin Quanjian earlier this month. Corinthians are keen to move Pato on permanently, and their asking price is likely to drop further from the £10m they are currently demanding.


Ramires will leave Stamford Bridge after five seasons.

Meanwhile, Chelsea expect to finalise the sale of Ramires for an initial £20m to the Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in the next day or so, with the Brazil midfielder to undergo a medical on Wednesday.

That deal represents a decent profit for a 28-year-old bought from Benfica for £18m back in 2010. Ramires, who has not started a Premier League game since Guus Hiddink was apppointed caretaker manager last month, has been offered a four-year contract by Jiangsu.