Despite only beginning negotiations with Barcelona recently, Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signature of the highly thought winger today. Personal terms have been agreed and the player will be available for selection for Chelsea’s game on Sunday against West Brom.
Manchester United were making positive noises that the deal was done but the fine details of how the transfer fee was structured appeared to be the reason why the player has moved to Chelsea. Belated, they have claimed that they withdrew their interest in the player.
Sources within Spain have reported that Barcelona wanted £19.7m paid upfront with the remaining £1.4m as add ons. Manchester United were willing to meet the player’s buy-out clause of £21.1m but wanted the immediate payment to be less than what Barcelona required. Chelsea used this delay to make a bid which was accepted by the Catalan club.
Chelsea had looked at purchasing Pedro previously but were reluctant due to the club already having Moses and Cuadrado on its books. Cuadrado could be loaned out to another team before the end of this transfer window and Moses may be used as makeweight for a deal with Everton regarding its bid for Stones.
Pedro has been with Barcelona his whole career to date playing for its C and B teams before debuting for the main team. He is also a Spanish international, who has been capped 51 times, scoring 16 goals.