In the space of a few hours on Wednesday, Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona forward Pedro turned completely upside down.
The club pulled out of the race to sign the Spaniard, reportedly on the orders of Louis van Gaal, allowing Chelsea to become the frontrunners for his signature.
It really is a mess as far as Man United are concerned. If they weren’t interested in Pedro, then why did Ed Woodward fly out to Spain earlier this week to ‘conclude a deal’?
United fans were dismayed with the news after weeks of reports linking the player with a move to Old Trafford:
For 22m Pedro is a sensational signing. What is going on with United not closing this?
— Minesh Patel (@Gooner4LifeMin) August 19, 2015
Looool we're a joke if we've let Chelsea beat us to signing Pedro
— Owen. (@Owen_Rees15) August 19, 2015
Bit weird if we're not getting Pedro after weeks off him giving us his word and a deal being imminent.
— Scott Napier (@GrebtOfDatitude) August 19, 2015
— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) August 19, 2015
Honestly if we don't get Pedro now … Too risky to let him go Chelsea considering Müller seems extremely hard to get
— Saf (@Saf_MUFC_) August 19, 2015
Would be a shame if we don't get Pedro
— Hollers (@JackHollers) August 19, 2015
Chelsea about to snatch Pedro from us…😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
— Black Kaiser (@AhmedMr_) August 19, 2015
How have we not even tied up the pedro deal and now he's going Chelsea 😂😂😂 Woodward pls
— Samuel (@SamCBissell) August 19, 2015
Woodward did brilliantly to secure the signings of Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin before United’s pre-season tour earlier this summer but the Pedro situation has been handled terribly.
The official club line that they were never interested in Pedro is obviously just to save face. United failed to meet Barcelona’s €30m buyout clause and they have paid for it dearly.