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Bookmakers back Chelsea to sign Barcelona star Pedro

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Chelsea are odds-on favourites to sign Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona this summer.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, despite signing a new contract that runs until 2019 earlier this year.

That hasn't convinced the bookmakers that Pedro will remain in Catalonia though, and SkyBet offer odds of 4/6 on the 27-year-old winger joining the Blues before the transfer window slams shut on September 3.

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It's 5/2 that the 51-cap international remains with Barca under Luis Enrique, with Arsenal next best in the market at 8/1.

Liverpool are priced at 12/1 to complete a deal, with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Bayern Munich next on the list ahead of Manchester United.

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Three arrivals

The odds suggest it's Chelsea or bust for Pedro, who has revealed that Barca have received offers for his services. A move will cost €30million - the minimum fee release clause in his contract.

Jose Mourinho has already been busy in the transfer window, signing Nathan and Asmir Begovic on permanent deals and Radamel Falcao on loan.

The young Brazilian has subsequently left for Vitesse on loan, whilst Begovic and Falcao are unlikely to be first-team regulars at the beginning of the new season at Stamford Bridge.

First team challenge

Were Pedro to arrive at Chelsea, he'd expect to feature regularly under Mourinho in west London alongside the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

His arrival would also strengthen the club's chances of retaining the title they claimed last season.

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