Chelsea are confident of landing the signature of Barcelona star winger Pedro, according to reports.
Arsenal have also been linked with the Spanish international, however, Daily Star reports the Blues have matched the player’s £22m buyout clause and will complete the deal next week.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique on Tuesday gave Pedro the all clear to leave the Catalan giants, saying he would “respect” the 27-year-old’s decision should he decide to exit the Camp Nou.
Enrique said: “My wish is that Pedro stays, but there are circumstances in his contract and I will respect his opinion if he wants to leave.”
According to the report, the deal cannot be completed until Barcelona’s presidential elections take place this weekend.
Pedro is believed to be highly-rated by La Liga giants, however he fell behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in the pecking order at the club and is now understood to be seeking an exit.
Liverpool and Inter Milan had also been linked with the winger, however The Mirror’s report suggests Stamford Bridge is Pedro’s preferred destination.
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