Pedro Rodriguez has turned down a move to Manchester United citing concerns over Louis van Gaal's style of management and his record of marginalising players from the first team, according to the Mirror.
The winger was on the verge of moving to Manchester, with the Daily Mail reporting that chief executive Ed Woodward had flown down to Barcelona to complete a deal for the player. However, the Red Devils were haggling over his buyout clause and were unwilling to pay the £21.3m ($33m) required for his services.
Chelsea, who had managed only one point from their first two games in the league swooped down to agree a fee with Barcelona and the player will have his medical with the defending Champions on Thursday (20 August).
Former teammate Cesc Fabregas is believed to have had an important role to play in the move, with the Chelsea midfielder, along with Jose Mourinho, convincing the player to make the shift to London over Manchester.
Van Gaal, who has had trouble with Spanish players over the past year, may also have contributed to Pedro's decision, especially with his behaviour towards former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, who was written off the books following accusations regarding his inhibitions about playing for the United reserve team.
Valdes hit back on Twitter, posting pictures of his involvement in a reserve game, but has not worn the United jersey ever since. David de Gea, who is yet to sign a new contract with the club, has been kept out of the squad, with the manager stating that he will be given a chance to reclaim his spot should he stay after the end of the transfer window.
Their inability to land Pedro would be a major blow for Van Gaal who had revealed that he is the type of player he would want to bring in as a replacement for Angel Di Maria.
The Reds made five signings this summer in the form of Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger and are keeping an eye out in the market for further deals.