New Barcelona president holds key to Pedro’s Chelsea move

Chelsea are facing a nervy wait on the outcome of the Barcelona presidential race to discover whether they can make a play for winger Pedro, according to the Daily Express.

Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito, former chief Joan Laporta and current post holder Josep Maria Bartomeu are all in the running for the top job, with an election to decide the outcome pencilled in for Saturday.

A report on Spanish news site Mundo Deportivo claims that any further transfer dealings will be put on hold until a new man has been elected into office, meaning the Blues must now put their pursuit of the 27-year-old temporarily on ice.

The Express claims that Chelsea have already lodged a £22m bid for the Spanish international following comments alluding to him being open to making an exit from the Nou Camp this summer.

Barcelona have only recently tied him down to a new four-year deal, but had set his buyout clause at an impossibly high £106m – but in recent days The Guardian has claimed that the club have since agreed to lower the fee, thus opening the door for him to move on.

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