â¢ BarÃ§a forward expected in London for talks and medical
â¢ Manchester United had pursued deal before withdrawing interest
Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Pedro from Barcelona within the next 24 hours after the Premier League champions triggered the £21.2m buy-out clause in the Spain forwardâs contract and effectively beat Manchester United to his signature.
Pedro is due in London on Wednesday to undertake a medical and discuss personal terms, with United having withdrawn their interest. Their executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, had flown to Spain earlier this week to discuss the precise terms of his clubâs offer, both to the winger and Barcelona, and a deal had appeared to be close â but United never actually moved to trigger the clause in his current contract.