Chelsea confirmed the signing of Pedro Rodriguez in a £21million deal (€30m) from Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, despite reports all pointing towards Manchester United clinching his signature this summer.
The Spaniard penned a four-year contract with the reigning English champions, and becomes their fourth signing following Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic and Abdul Rahman Baba.
Following the confirmation of his Stamford Bridge transfer, the payment breakdown agreed with Barca has since been revealed.
The Daily Express report that, while the Blues have met his £21million release clause, the La Liga BBVA giants will not receive this figure in one payment.
Rather, the British newspaper claim that they will receive £19.3million now and £2.1million at a later date – should he make a certain number of appearances for Chelsea.
This news will surely frustrated Manchester United supporters given this is certainly an affordable price for a player with such esteem.
Pedro confirmed that a conversation with international team-mate Cesc Fabregas helped persuade him to snub a move to Manchester in favour of a switch to the capital.
‘Yes, I spoke to Cesc. We are very good friends. I knew I would feel at home here and that was one of the main reasons why I decided to join,’ he told Chelsea’s official website.
The 28-year-old could be set for his first appearance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.