Alexandre Pato on his way to London to seal Chelsea deal

Alexandre Pato transfer saga is set for the closing stage as the player is expected to arrive in London on Tuesday to seal his move to Chelsea.

If the reports are to be believed, Pato is set to become Guus Hiddink’s first signing since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

The 26-year old Brazilian will initially sign for Chelsea on a loan deal till the end of season with an option to make the move permanent.

The defending champions have struggled with strikers so far this season with Diego Costa being their only senior player in their ranks.

The transfer saga has its own twist and turns and various reports have claimed on Saturday that Hiddink has blocked his move as he felt the player is not good enough to bolster the Chelsea attacking line.

Pato moved to Corinthians from AC Milan for a fee of €15 million (£12m) in 2013 on a four-year deal, but spend only one season at the Brazilian club.

He was eventually loaned out to Sao Paolo for the next two seasons in 2014, where he scored 19 goals in 59 appearances.

While there is no doubts on the talent of the player he is injury prone, which could reflect a similar fate the Blues suffer from the acquisition of Falcao this season.

At the same time, Loic Remy is tipped for exit if Pato arrives, with the likes of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace involved in the race of the Frenchman’s signature.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have pulled out of the race for the signature of Shakthar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira, after the Ukrainian club refused to lower their £38 million asking price for the player.