Chelsea have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain for the signature of Pedro Rodriguez, according to Spanish publication Sport.
Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas have reportedly talked to the player personally to change his mind, who had previously decided to continue his allegiance with Barcelona amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs. The winger had signed a new contract with the club earlier this year, but Sport claims that it was to lower his release clause from €150m (£108m, $167m) to €30m, anticipating a move in the summer.
Pedro found his game time greatly reduced following the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool last season, making only 25 starts in all competitions for the Catalans. The situation is likely to worsen in the upcoming season, with Barcelona completing a deal for Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid and Pedro is therefore looking at possible alternatives to increase his game time.
Barcelona are unwilling to stand in his way should he decide to move, with the player having given them the best part of his seven seasons where he played for the first team.
The player reportedly had a discussion with manager Luis Enrique over his future and the manager insisted that he will have an important part to play next season. However, after rejecting offers from Arsenal and Liverpool, a call from Chelsea has reportedly moved his mind and has opened doors for a possible move to London.
The report also claims that Pedro was hesitant about his time in the Premier League given he does not speak a word of English, but Fabregas has reassured him that there are a lot of Spanish speaking players in the dressing room, who can alleviate his burden. The Spaniard talks about Felipe Luis, Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois alongside himself who can help him in this regard.
Pedro will add some much needed depth on the wings for Chelsea, who currently have only Eden Hazard deployed in that position.