Pedro did appear to be on his way to Manchester United before he changed his mind and went to Chelsea, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Metro report.
The Red Devils’ chief executive Ed Woodward had flown to Barcelona to seal a deal for the 28-year-old at the start of the week (via Metro), however, it was announced on Thursday that he had actually joined the Premier League champions for £21m (via BBC Sport).
And in news that is likely to increase the calls for Woodward to be sacked, Balague revealed that Pedro was not far away from completing a move to Old Trafford.
“Chelsea have been exceptionally clever,” he said.
“They have done well to convince both Pedro and his wife, especially as he had already agreed personal terms with Manchester United, and that appeared to be where he was heading,” he added.
The fact that the Spaniard was happy enough about the prospect of joining United that he agreed personal terms would suggest that the only thing that was preventing a deal was the inability for the two clubs to agree a fee, despite his well-publicised release clause (via Metro).
That responsibility should well fall on Woodward’s shoulders – should the rumours of his trip to Spain be correct – as, to many, there will be little doubt that paying just over £20m is still a bargain for a player that has won almost everything on both the domestic and international stage.