Chelsea are keen to sign Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez and have reportedly met the player’s buy-out fee of £22 million.
As per Sky Sports, the Blues will likely seal the deal next week after the release fee has been triggered, with Pedro keen on leaving the Camp Nou this summer.
Chelsea are really interested in signing Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez and would want the deal to be completed before their US tour begins next week, Goal understands.
Pedro was sparingly used by Luis Enrique in the 2014-15 season as the Blaugrana did the treble. He started only 15 games in total and that has led to endless speculation regarding his future despite putting pen to paper on a new deal some weeks ago.
Pedro spent the highest part of last season on the bench, with Barca’s forward trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar performing impressively.
However, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique maintains that he does not want Pedro to leave, as he sees the Spanish speedster as an integral member of his team and part of his plans next season.
Pedro also interests Liverpool and the Daily Mail revealed yesterday that the Brendan Rodgers’ team are looking to use part of the £49 million received for the sale of Raheem Sterling to lure Pedro to Anfield.
The Independent also claims the Spaniard confirmed on Tuesday he has received offers to leave the Blaugrana, although he denied he has been in touch with Mourinho.
The same report is saying any move for Pedro will be put on hold until after Barcelona’s presidential election billed to hold on Saturday.
Should Joan Laporta win the election, Pedro’s move will be blocked and the player will not be allowed to leave the La Liga Champions.
Ex-Barca star, Eric Abidal who will be appointed the club’s sporting director if Laporta wins has confirmed their decision to keep the wide man. “Players such as Pedro cannot be allowed to go. He is still an important part of this squad”, Abidal affirmed.
Pedro is expected to join Barcelona for pre-season training today, and he plans to talk with Luis Enrique about his future.