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Official: Chelsea sign Pedro from FC Barcelona

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The news that Chelsea were serious players for Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez didn't break until Tuesday, but early on Thursday, the Blues have already made his signing official. The forward has passed his medical and put pen to paper on a long term deal, and will be available this weekend when Chelsea takes on West Bromwich Albion.

The signing will certainly calm down many Chelsea fans, as he provides a very different option than Willian on the right, as well as much needed depth that should reduce our dependence on Juan Cuadrado. As noted several times previously, it also likely means a Chelsea exit for either Cuadrado or Victor Moses, either on loan or permanently.

Chelsea's acquisition of Pedro should set the squad as far as attacking options go, but I'd still expect to see the club make another push for Everton's John Stones, and hopefully, a midfielder to help out against some of the stronger opponents we'll face this season. Regardless, the Blues now have a stronger squad right now than they did against Manchester City.

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