Once upon a time, the Blues Willian-ed Spurs. Now they have Pedro-ed United. Ed Woodward was seen hiding his face behind a Depay shirt. Chelsea get World Cup winner on the Cheap.
News had surfaced yesterday that José Mourinho was looking to hi-jack Louis Van Gaal’s moves for Spain Winger Pedro. United had been patiently negotiating with Catalan giants Barcelona for a couple of weeks after Chelsea seemed to have withdrawn.
The player has himself chimed in with a tweet, hoping to embark on a sweet and successful Blues journey:
— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) August 20, 2015
Ed Woodward had flown to Spain to seal the deal but last minute hiccups and money saving antics got the Red Devils in trouble. The UEFA Champions League qualifier proved to be a distraction enough for Chelsea to convince Pedro and his associates to move to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho is reported to have personally talked up the player. And No, it was not deemed illegal by Luis Enrique. Besides, a former LVG protege seems to have helped as well. Cesc Fabregas also helped convince the Spaniard to move to Chelsea.
It is reported that Pedro will set the Blues back by a meagre (see Cuadrado) £21.1 million. Of the reported figure, £2 million is in performance related add-ons. Chelsea stumped up more cash up front and offered swift movement in order to steal a march on Manchester United. The Red Devils haggled on while the Blues sealed the deal within a day.
Pedro’s transfer was billed as an Abramovich deal but the talks of Mourinho himself giving the green light have alleviated the fears of another Shevchenko kind of disaster. All is well Blues! Now on we go to Stones.
Talking of players from that part of the world, United have now set their sites on a Russian striker since they could not get their hands on Pedro himself. He will be unveiled at the Bridge sometime soon. All the talk of crisis should at least go away for some time now. As for the official confirmation:
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 20, 2015
The Club website does not refrain from taking a dig at United with this included in the announcement:
“A year later he scored the opening goal in the Champions League final at Wembley as Bar?a beat Manchester United 3-1.”
The same source adds the following quotes from Pedro himself:
“I am very happy to be here. I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles.”
“Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on.”
The post also reports on his numerous achievements alongside former Blues Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. The references are mixed but the moral and psychological boost to the entire team must be immense.
More reason to be happy as this deal opens the door wide open for Juan Cuadrado to leave whereever he wishes to go. With the very best wishes of all the Blues!
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