New Delhi: Only until yesterday, Manchester United were the favourites to sign Pedro. But the Red Devils have all but lost the fight to rope in the Barcelona star with English Premier League champions Chelsea reportedly triggering the £21.2m buy-out clause in the Spain forward on Wednesday.
According to reports in British media, Jose Mourinho's English Champions have pipped the Old Trafford outfit after agreeing to the multi-million buy-out clause with the reigning European champions. Reports further added that the 28-year-old World Cup and European Championships winner is expected to arrive in London today to undertake the mandatory medical and also discuss personal terms.
Interestingly, United manager Louis van Gaal had previously expressed his desires to add the Spaniard in his already burgeoning squad and the most successful English club looked like the sure next stop for the Spaniard, but Chelsea somehow joined the race.
It's also worth noting that Chelsea had come close to securing Pedro in January, only for Mourinho to opt against pursuing a deal because the forward was cup-tied in the Champions League, and instead signed Colombian Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.
Pedro, if the deal is through, will join his former Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.