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Chelsea will pay £21 million for Barcelona's Pedro

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Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Pedro after making an offer of £21 million, according to reports.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for Pedro in recent weeks, with reports on Monday claiming that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had touched down in Spain to wrap up the deal before the weekend.

However they appear to have been beaten to the punch by Chelsea, who have swooped in at the last minute to snatch the 28-year-old from under their rivals' nose.

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The problem for Manchester United appeared to be their reluctance to meet Pedro's release clause, which Chelsea have seemingly activated. 

It's been claimed this morning that Louis Van Gaal had concerns over the Barcelona winger's pace which prompted Woodward to try and negotiate a fee with Barcelona rather than activate his release clause - and that allowed Chelsea to swoop.

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As it stands Pedro is believed to be on his way to London in order to undergo medical and will complete his move to Stamford Bridge in the coming days. It's unlikely that he will be ready to play against West Brom this weekend.

Big deal

Chelsea have had a slow start to the Premier League season and are yet to record their first win after two games. Jose Mourinho is said to be desperate to improve his squad and it was claimed he hauled off John Terry in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday in order to highlight his lack of depth at centre-back - which then prompted an improved bid for John Stones.

Juan Cuadrado also came on as a sub in that game, but is expected to be the man who is moved in on order to make room for Pedro.

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