Reports: Chelsea To Snatch Pedro From Barcelona Bench, Man United’s Reach

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Chelsea is close to signing Pedro from Barcelona in an effort to kick-start its season and gazzump a rival.

Pedro is nearing an agreement to join Chelsea from Barcelona in a transfer worth around £21 million ($33 million), The Telegraph’s Matt Law and The Independent’s James Orr reported Wednesday. Pedro reportedly has traveled from Barcelona to London, where he will undergo a physical examination and finalize contract negotiations Thursday. Both processes are believed to be mere formalities in Pedro’s case, and the dynamic winger appears certain to join the Blues in the coming days.

Chelsea capitalized on Manchester United’s failure to agree to a payment structure on Pedro’s transfer. Chelsea used the opportunity to launch “Operation Pedro” — an overnight intervention that successfully convinced Barcelona and the player to choose Blue over Red, according to Law.

Pedro, 28, boasts one of the most impressive resumes in world soccer. He…

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