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Manchester United now clear favourites to sign Pedro

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Manchester United have been made clear favourites to sign highly-rated Chelsea transfer target Pedro Rodriguez.

The Barcelona winger had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho considering a move for the Spaniard should Juan Cuadrado leave the club.

However, SkyBet now make the Red Devils favourites to add the 27-year-old to their ranks before the close of the transfer window in September, with Louis van Gaal's side as short as 4/6 to complete a deal.

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It's 2/1 that the player remains under the guidance of Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp, with Chelsea next on the list at 5/2. It's 12/1 that Arsenal make a late move for the player, whilst a trio of clubs including Liverpool are priced at 33/1.

Those odds make it clear where the bookmakers believe the player will go and Manchester United have time on their side to complete a deal.

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A 'surprise' signing?

Add in the fact that Van Gaal revealed that the Red Devils could land a 'surprise' signing up-front during their pre-season tour of north America, and you can see why the odds have shortened on Pedro arriving at Old Trafford.

Whilst the 51-cap international is more renowned for his work on the flank, he can also play in a more advanced forward position. Manchester United are certainly lacking up-front following Radamel Falcao's exit and the sale of Robin van Persie, and Pedro could be the answer.

Chelsea, meanwhile, aren't struggling in the position with a handful of players capable of playing in the wide positions as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation and Diego Costa cemented as the first choice up-front.

Sell to buy

However, the exit of someone like Cuadrado would open the door for another quality addition on the King's Road and Pedro certainly has the ability to fit into the Blues squad and make his mark under Mourinho.

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