With Manchester United apparently closing in on Barcelona wing man Pedro Rodriguez, the La Liga Champions are now searching for a replacement for the player and Celta Vigo’s Nolito, as Marca claims, has been pinpointed by the Spanish club.
United are expected to trigger Pedro’s release clause anytime soon as the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly met with the Spaniard’s agent over the weekend. The Barcelona attacker will now join the Red Devils as a replacement for PSG-bound Angel Di Maria.
Meanwhile, Chelsea were known to be keen admirers of Pedro before United appeared out of nowhere to seemingly blow us out of the water. Jose Mourinho had looked set to activate the 28-year old’s release clause in order to add him as an option to an already potent forward. Not just an option, though, but a starter so to speak.
The Blues are known to always be in possession of scoring wingers with Arjen Robben, Damien Duff, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are posing a menace to Premier League defenders and goalkeepers. However, since the departures of the aforementioned players, our wingers, right wingers to be precise, have not really been successful goal-wise.
Bar Eden Hazard who chipped in with about 19 goals in total for the Blues last term and managed over 10 goals the previous season, first choice right winger Willian has only scored 6 goals for Chelsea since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.
Although the 26-year old Brazilian’s work rate is undoubtedly the greatest of all our first team starters, he needs to support the team with goals. As it is known, Chelsea’s strikers are always goal-shy at times, and when this happens, we look to our defenders to chip in with few goals from set pieces as was evident last season. If I am correct, Chelsea defence contributed the highest number of goals throughout all of Europe top leagues last term and John Terry? The highest scoring defender in the English top flight. Need I say more?
Therefore, Chelsea’s need to sign a free scoring winger in the mould of Robben and the likes becomes essential. Antoine Griezmann and Pedro were the names linked to Stamford Bridge earlier in the summer but the Barca star appear to be the one Jose is more interested in.
Pedro, albeit there are doubts as to whether he can put in enough work rate as Willian, will guarantee us enough goals when our strikers switch off. Besides, Costa or any striker Jose prefers would be given less harsh treatment as opposition defenders would want to focus on other players.
United have not signed Pedro but they are close, as per reports. This means we still have the chance to sign the Barcelona wing wizard. Mourinho knows how to talk players into doing things and just like Cesc Fabregas said, Mourinho’s phone call convinced him to choose the Blues after he had spoken ill of the tactician and even meted out hostile treatment to Chelsea players including Frank Lampard and John Terry in the past, especially when our No.4 was an Arsenal player.
The Spanish presence of Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa should also be a deciding factor in the exciting attacker’s move to Stamford Bridge. Telegraph had claimed the Spain star told friends he fancies a move to Old Trafford as Juan Mata and Ander Herrera play for the Red Devils, hence Fabregas, considering he played with Pedro at Barcelona, should also be able to help convince the speedster to join Chelsea.
Now that we have a considerable opportunity of hijacking the deal from United, add a few quids to the £22million, maybe? Up to you, Jose!