Chelsea are close to completing the signing of Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez who Manchester United have targeted and chased for several weeks. Chelsea have agreed to pay a fee of €28 million (£19.7m) with a further €2m (£1.4m) in add-ons to sign the winger, who underwent a medical in London on Wednesday, according to sources.
United had long been expected to close a deal for the 28-year-old, with the Spain international having agreed terms with the Old Trafford club, only for executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to encounter frustration in negotiations with Barca.
Once aware of that, Chelsea decided to immediately act on Jose Mourinho’s own long-held interest in the player, and the green light was given at Stamford Bridge to try to hijack the move in the manner they did to Tottenham Hotspur with Willian two years ago.
On Wednesday, sources said that United have ended their interest in signing the winger, despite Louis van Gaal’s previous praise for the player. Pedro has a £22m release clause in his contract at Camp Nou and United had considered that a reasonable amount.
But although the Spaniard is a player manager Van Gaal liked, the fact he opted not to activate the buyout clause over the past few weeks is a sign the Dutchman harbored doubts about whether to purchase him.