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Chelsea planning to offload high-profile flop as international hitman nears arrival

Chelsea are understood to be preparing to offload Pedro this summer, according to the Express.

The tabloid understand that the winger, who only moved to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the season, could be sold at the end of the campaign after only 10 months at the club.

The attacker moved from Barcelona after failing to truly assert himself amidst the intense competition at the club.

Indeed, while the forward—who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010—enjoyed great success at the Nou Camp, he was always going to find it hard to earn a starting spot in a squad containing the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

So, he signed for Chelsea towards the end of August for £21.1 million [as per The Guardian], and appeared to have the versatility, quality and big-game experience to make a difference for Jose Mourinho’s reigning champions.

However, despite shining on his debut—finding the net in victory over West Bromwich Albion—Pedro has failed to truly ignite in the Premier League, managing just two goals and two assists in 18 league outings to date.

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Indeed, while Pedro has demonstrated his versatility—featuring almost equally on both flanks—his return has been disappointing for a player who won five La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns, three Uefa Super Cups and two Club World Cups during his time at Barcelona.

Pedro’s first-team options at Chelsea could also be affected by the arrival of frontman Alexandre Pato, with the Express [as above] reporting that the Blues are in discussions with Corinthians over the fee for the 26-year-old, who is keen on moving to England.

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