Pedro flies in for Chelsea medical as United fail to close deal

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Man Utd target Pedro set to join Chelsea
Man Utd target Pedro set to join Chelsea

Barcelona forward Pedro is due to have a medical ahead of a move to Chelsea on Thursday, after Manchester United declared they were no longer interested in signing the Spanish international.

Pedro had confirmed that he will end speculation over his future by the end of this week and Chelsea acted quickly to seal a deal, after United spent the last few weeks pausing over a move for the Spanish forward.

United have been in talks with Barcelona over a deal for Pedro in recent days, yet Chelsea appear to have capitalised on their failure to close out a deal by snapping up the 28-year-old attacking star.

The news represents a hammer blow to United boss Louis van Gaal and will again put the negotiating skills of Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward into the spotlight after another summer of aborted transfer bids.

United are now claiming they have 'decided' not to sign Pedro, in a similar scenario that followed their failed bid to sign Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich last summer. In truth, Kroos decided to join Real Madrid and now it seems as if another of their big transfer target has also turned down a move to Old Trafford.

Woodward also appears to have failed in his moves to sign Bayern Munich forward Muller, with the latest reports suggest United have lodged a bid of €85m to sign Muller, with German newspaper Bild giving the story prominence on the front page of their publication today.

Yet after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stressed earlier this summer that Muller would never leave Munich and United had no chance of signing him, Sammer has now backed up those comments.

"Rummenigge was right when pointing out that he is a player who has no price tag," stated Sammer in a comment published in Bild, amid rumours that Muller wants to make the move to United.

United tried to sign Muller following Louis van Gaal's arrival as manager last summer, so it is no surprise that they have returned to Bayern in a bid to sign the player a year later, but it looks like their bid will fail to produce reward.