Dietmar Hamann believes Manchester United have been left looking foolish after their move for Barcelona star Pedro reportedly collapsed.
The 28-year-old was expected to move to Old Trafford shortly after Barcelona's two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie. Ed Woodward has been talking to his counterparts at the Nou Camp for weeks and terms over a €30million deal were believed to be close.
However, Chelsea have swooped in with a fresh offer and are now firm favourites to sign him. Indeed, numerous reports claim that Pedro quickly cut ties with Manchester United once Jose Mourinho made his interest clear.
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Manchester United quickly told a number of reporters that they had decided against signing the Spain international, refuting claims that he had rejected them in the process.
However, Hamann thinks that whatever the case, Pedro has left the Red Devils looking like very foolish.
Looking like fools
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Liverpool star said: “Van Gaal will be going off his head. To snatch Pedro from Manchester United for Chelsea is a major coup.
“I think Van Gaal won’t be happy at all because they’ve got the money to spend, they’ve brought a lot of players in but for what they’ve spent I still think they haven’t progressed enough and they need more.
“We don’t know what the stumbling block was, whether it was the player’s wages or the transfer fee. But you’ve got to say they look very foolish because it looked like over the last few days it was going to be a matter of when, not if.
“For Pedro to join Chelsea against all the odds make them look a bit foolish.”
Chelsea reportedly renewed their interest in Pedro after they were demolished by Manchester City at the weekend. Mourinho told Cesc Fabregas to ask him former team-mate if he would be interested in moving to Stamford Bridge.
Luckily, Pedro had been put off a move to Old Trafford after seeing Louis van Gaal throw Victor Valdes out of the squad without so much as a good reason. The perfect storm has caught Manchester United out.