Barcelona forward Pedro is reportedly in London to finalise the terms of his move to Chelsea after the two clubs agreed a £21m fee for the 28-year-old.
Manchester United had been closely linked with the Spaniard earlier this summer and had looked to be in pole position to bring him to the Premier League.
However, Chelsea appear to have stepped in with a decisive bid in a manner that is becoming customary, following the opportunistic acquisitions of Willian and Mohamed Salah in recent seasons.
For Jose Mourinho the £21m outlay represents a relatively safe bet…
Pedro has proven himself a potent (not vital) part of one of the best teams, with a capital T, in recent footballing history and should buy into Mourinho’s collective-above-the-individual ethos.
In addition, long-time Barcelona buddy Cesc Fabregas and a handful of other international colleagues will be on hand to ease his transition into London living.
But can the same be said of Senor Rodriguez and his decision to swap the Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge?
Finally leaving the club he has represented since 2004, during which time he won 20 trophies, must have been predicated on the promise of first team football.
Expected-starter status has always eluded Pedro in Catalunya, where Gerardo Martino was the only manager to afford him more than 25 league starts across his six seasons as senior-side regular.
Last term under Luis Enrique he managed just 15, as understudy to Neymar and Luis Suarez on the flanks of the Blaugrana attacking three.
Yet can it be guaranteed that he will displace Eden Hazard, or Willian at Stamford Bridge? No.
The Belgian is the reigning PFA player of the year and his dribbling expertise is superior to that of the Spaniard.
On the other flank, Pedro may fancy himself to provide a greater attacking threat than Willian, who provided just two goals and three assists for the Blues last term.
But can he match the exceptional devotion to defensive duty that has so enamoured the Brazilian to Jose Mourinho?