The agent of new Chelsea acquisition Pedro claims Manchester United ‘fell asleep’ during their pursuit of the former Barcelona attacker, allowing him to complete a move to the Premier League champions.
Chelsea were able to confirm the signing of Pedro on Thursday, for a reported £21 million (quite the steal, we’re sure you’ll agree), when it had appeared that Manchester United were the leading contenders.
Ed Woodward, the much maligned Manchester United master negotiator (ahem), had been in talks with Barcelona for some time but, it would appear, once again failed to act decisively enough, allowing Chelsea to steal in.
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“Maybe Manchester United fell asleep,” Antonio Sanz, the representative of Pedro, said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“The negotiation with Chelsea was like a lightning bolt.”
He added: “It is common knowledge that United were in the bidding for Pedro, but Chelsea were faster and within 24 hours reached an agreement with the club. It was a whirlwind.
“Pedro is going to have a very good year and is going to be one of the sensations of the Premier League.”
Following Woodward’s apparent failure to get a deal - a much needed one, too - over the line, Louis van Gaal has reinforced his confidence in the club’s vice-chairman. United fans, however, will see things rather differently.
The early deal for Memphis Depay, completed before the finish of last season, had seemed to herald a new and confident approach from the club but, alas, fans are once more doubting Woodward’s credentials when it comes to negotiating transfers.
In addition to Depay, the club have also signed Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Romero, but Woodward remains under pressure to complete a marquee attacking deal, even more so since the Pedro debacle.
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