Chelsea sign forward Pedro from Barcelona in $33m deal

AP , Thursday 20 Aug 2015

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia (AP)

Chelsea bolstered their striking options by signing Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona in a deal worth up to $33 million on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Spaniard has spent his whole career at Barcelona until now, winning every major honor.

Chelsea are paying a transfer fee of 30 million euros ($33 million), Barcelona said, with 3 million euros dependent on his performances at the London club.

''I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles,'' Pedro said.

Chelsea have made a stuttering start to its season, losing the Community Shield to Arsenal and opening its Premier League title defense with a draw and a loss.

Chelsea did not announce contract details for Pedro, who can play as a winger or center forward.

Chelsea's first-choice striker Diego Costa has been troubled by hamstring problems, while backup Radamel Falcao is yet to prove himself in the Premier League after a disappointing stint at Manchester United last season.

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