Manchester United has been linked with Barcelona’s Pedro for better part of the summer. But now reports say that Chelsea has swept in and hijacked the deal.
The Guardian reports that Chelsea are closing in on a deal after triggering the 28-year-old’s buyout clause of £21.2m. The deal is to be finalized within the next day, as Pedro is reportedly heading to London for the physical exams and to discuss his personal contract.
Pedro and Man United has been an outdrawn saga that has filled up space on rumors mills and silly season blogs, including our own, for better part of the summer. As United sold Angel Di Maria, the replacement that everyone was talking about was Pedro.
But now it looks like Jose Mourinho has done it again. Willian was pretty much a done deal for Tottenham two years ago, but the Mourinho and Chelsea swept in and stole the player.
The Guardian reports the United manager Louis van Gaal told United to pull out of the Pedro deal after liking what he has seen of his current squad. Although United has two wins in the opening two games of the Premier League, the team hasn’t looked all that impressive.
Pedro was on Chelsea’s radar in January, but since he was cup-tied with Barcelona the team ended up getting Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. Cuadrado was a disappointment during the second half of last season and has been put up for sale by Chelsea.
Pedro has spent over a decade at Barcelona and has won five Spanish league titles, three Champions League titles, four Spanish Cup titles and two FIFA World Club Cups. He has 51 caps for the Spanish national team and was part of the World Cup winning side in 2010 and the European Championship winning side in 2012.