Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that Manchester United look ‘foolish’ having lost out on Pedro to Chelsea.
Barcelona forward Pedro had been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer and looked poised to make the switch but Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have now swooped in to take the player from under Man United’s nose.
The Spanish winger had even reportedly agreed personal terms with United before opting to join Chelsea at the 11th hour. Chelsea’s poor start to the season, which included a draw at home to Swansea City and a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City, looks to have spurred Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich into action.
Hamann believes that van Gaal will be upset at losing the player having laid all the groundwork for a deal in recent weeks.
“Van Gaal will be going off his head. To snatch Pedro from Manchester United for Chelsea is a major coup,” Hamann said.
“I think van Gaal won’t be happy at all because they’ve got the money to spend, they’ve brought a lot of players in but for what they’ve spent I still think they haven’t progressed enough and they need more.
“We don’t know what the stumbling block was, whether it was the player’s wages or the transfer fee. But you’ve got to say they look very foolish because it looked like over the last few days it was going to be a matter of when, not if.
“For Pedro to join Chelsea against all the odds make them look a bit foolish.”
Pedro might have been wiser to select Old Trafford ahead of Stamford Bridge as he is more likely to get playing time at United.
Chelsea have purchased Mohammad Salah and Juan Cuadrado in recent transfer windows only for the two to be given limited or no first-team opportunities before being pushed towards the exit door. Pedro is everything Mourinho likes in a wide attacking midfielder but the haste with which the deal was done might ring alarm bells and could end up being another poor choice by Chelsea in the transfer market.