Pato set for Chelsea switch
Brazil striker Alexandre Pato was last night flying to London to seal a loan move to Chelsea. Subject to a successful medical, the Corinthians forward will join for an initial six months, with the option of a permanent deal in the summer.
It is understood that Corinthians wanted to sell the 26-year-old former Milan player outright for £8m, but Chelsea negotiated the loan.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace have confirmed signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old former Togo frontman was released from his contract at Tottenham in September, and joins the Eagles until the end of the season.
Adebayor first moved to England when he joined Arsenal from Monaco, and left for Manchester City in a £25m deal during the summer of 2009 before loan spells at Real Madrid and Spurs ahead of his permanent switch to White Hart Lane in August 2012.
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