Morinhou Pulls A Willian On Van Gaal

Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona ahead of Manchester United, who seem to have dithered after holding talks with the Catalan club aimed at agreeing a fee. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to Spain earlier this week to discuss the player's  transfer to Old Trafford and had been confident a deal would be concluded once the precise structure of the payments over a £22m move had been agreed. While United was pretty sure that the player wanted to join them, in a move almost reminicient of the last minute scuttling of Willian's move to Tottenham last summer, Chelsea have no agreed a 21m Pound transfer fee with Barcelona and will look to see the deal through by the end of the week.

Chelsea had come close to securing the 28-year-old World Cup and European Championships winner in January, only for José Mourinho to opt against pursuing a deal because Pedro was cup-tied in the Champions League.