Hiddink explains delay behind Chelsea’s Pato loan

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 3:04 - Matthew Stead

Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea will soon complete the loan signing of Alexandre Pato after overcoming “paperwork” issues.

Pato, 26, is expected to secure a loan move to Chelsea from Corinthians before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

The Brazil striker is in London and has reportedly agreed terms over a six-month loan deal which could become permanent if he impresses at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had been expected to announce the deal on Thursday, but interim boss Hiddink explained there are still hurdles to overcome before his arrival is complete.

“He is in London, he was well spotted. Nowadays there are no secrets,” Hiddink said.

“He is now in the process of the paperwork so we don’t rush it and we see how soon it can be solved and he can be on the pitch.”

The player has expressed his delight at securing his move to Chelsea and could make his debut in Wednesday night’s trip to face Watford once the transfer is finalised.

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