Jose Mourinho suggests Chelsea could join bidding war for Barcelona star Pedro
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested he has no interest in signing Barcelona’s Pedro - but that could change if he succeeds in off-loading misfit January signing Juan Cuadrado in the coming days.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move to sign Pedro in the last few days, with the Old Trafford club appearing to be in pole position to sign a player who has emerged as one of the most prized assets of this summer’s transfer window.
Bookies have sliced the odds on Pedro moving to Old Trafford in a £22m deal, with Mourinho's comments on Sunday appearing to confirm he would not join the bidding for the Spanish international.
“I have five wingers, if I lose one maybe I am interested in another but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers,” he told Sky Sports when asked directly about his interest in Pedro.
“It’s a big challenge for us to go through the season with basically the same team and squad from last season.”
Now it emerges that Mourinho may well be about to 'lose one' of his attacking wide men, with Cuadrado already appearing to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Colombian star Cuadrado made a move to Chelsea from Fiorentina just six months ago, but he has struggled to make his mark in the Blues first team and the word from Stamford Bridge insiders suggests he is already being offered to other clubs.
The departure of Cuadrado could open the door for Chelsea to make a move for Pedro, who looks certain to leave Barcelona despite his move to sign a new contract with the club last month.
Pedro's £22m release clause means he could be a target for all the top Premier League clubs, with a decision on his future expected in the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have released images of their new away strip for the new season, with lead striker Diego Costa at the centre of their publicity images.