Barcelona confirm Pedro has skipped training

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Barcelona have confirmed that Pedro Rodriguez has been granted permission to skip Thursday's training session.

The winger is believed to be closing in on a move to Chelsea after the Blues had an offer accepted on Wednesday afternoon.

Manchester United had been negotiating with Barcelona for several weeks, but it is believed Louis van Gaal pulled to plug, allowing Jose Mourinho to swoop.


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Now the Nou Camp outfit have announced that Pedro will not be training with Leo Messi and Co as he looks to complete a move to Stamford Bridge.

"Pedro Rodriguez, with the club's permission, did not take part in Thursday's training session in order to resolve his future," Barcelona said on their official website.

Fourth summer signing

The 28-year-old is set to become Mourinho's fourth signing of the summer and the second in the space of a week. Baba Rahman joined fellow newbies Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao earlier this week.

Chelsea matched Barcelona's €30million asking price and both Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas are believed to have held personal talks with the Spain international over a move to Stamford Bridge.

It seems the pair have convinced him that the west London club is the perfect place for him to spend the peak years of his career.

Time is ticking

There is some doubt as to whether Chelsea will complete a deal in time for him to take part in Sunday's game against West Brom. The Blues are desperate to record their first win of the season having garnered just one point in their first two games.

But all paperwork needs to be with the FA by midday on Friday afternoon if he is to eligible to travel with the Chelsea squad to the Hawthorns. With a medical still to complete, it is set to go down to the wire.

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