Chelsea set to sign Pedro after triggering £21.2m Barcelona buy-out clause

• Barça forward expected in London for talks and medical
• 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 forward’s 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Pedro is due in London on Wednesday to undertake a medical and discuss personal terms, with United having withdrawn their interest.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 club’s offer, both to the winger and Barcelona, and a deal had appeared to be close – but United never actually moved to trigger the clause in his current contract.

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