Pedro's agent: Manchester United fell asleep but Chelsea were faster

Pedro’s agent Antonio Sanz has revealed why Manchester United lost out to Chelsea in the race to sign the Spain midfielder.

Manchester United looked destined to sign Pedro from Barcelona, only for Chelsea to swoop in late and hijack the deal.

Manager Louis van Gaal tried to play down his interest in Pedro during his Friday press conference but agent Antonio Sanz insists Chelsea capitalised on United's last-minute hesitation.

"Maybe Manchester United fell asleep," Sanz told Radio Club Tenerife. "The negotiation with Chelsea was like a lightning bolt.

"It is common knowledge that United were in the bidding for Pedro, but Chelsea were faster and within 24 hours reached an agreement with the club. It was a whirlwind."

And Sanz is convinced the Spaniard will make a smooth transition to playing in England, insisting his client will be a smash hit in the Premier League.

"Pedro is going to have a very good year and is going to be one of the sensations of the Premier League," he said.

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