Pedro Rodriguez has admitted both Manchester United and Manchester City were interested in signing him before he penned a deal with Chelsea, citing the speed at which the Blues moved as an important factor.
The World Cup winner got off to a flying start to life as a Stamford Bridge star, netting the opening goal in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.
He looks to have been a fine addition to a squad that hadn’t tasted league victory in their opening two Premier League fixtures - naturally United fans were made to swallow a bitter pill on Sunday afternoon.
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For despite claims that United had turned down the chance to sign Pedro, the player himself has revealed that both they and City were interested enough to make him take notice.
"I was very flattered by the interest from some of England's biggest clubs, like United and City," he said, as relayed by the Daily Mirror.
"But Chelsea were the team that could resolve the situation the quickest and who showed the most interest in me."
United striking options
The question now on the minds of most Red Devils fans is whether or not Van Gaal is going to scour the market in a bid to find a suitable replacement for Pedro, with a lack of goals having looked to be a problem for United thus far this term.
Saturday’s dour draw with Newcastle United at Old Trafford exposed an issue that some are speculating could be the difference between Van Gaal’s men putting forward a credible title challenge or not, with Wayne Rooney once again failing to find the back of the net.
The fact that the England captain is without a goal in four games across all competitions has been enough for many to suggest that Van Gaal dip into the market for another striker; one who can alleviate the pressure on Rooney whilst also complement his abilities.
It could be that Rooney needs just one goal to re-find his former prowess, though the longer it takes him to get his name on the board the more the pressure will undoubtedly grow.
United fans, do you think Van Gaal has to buy another forward? Are you gutted you missed out on Pedro? Let us know in the comments box below.