Man Utd Set To Table Formal Bid After Holding Talks With Attacker’s Agent
Manchester United are set to table a bid that will trigger Pedro’s £22m buy-out clause after holding successful talks with the Barcelona attacker’s agent
With the summer transfer window in full swing, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of next season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, more on Man Utd’s pursuit of Pedro….
Manchester United are set to table a bid that will trigger Pedro’s £22m buy-out clause after holding successful talks with the Barcelona attacker’s agent in the United States, according to the Mirror.
Pedro has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks and ESPN reported last week that United were due to hold formal negotiations with Barca officials this past weekend.
The Catalans appear keen to keep Pedro but Marca claim that the attacker has already made it clear to the club that he wants to join United and with his buy-out clause recently reduced to just £22m, the Spaniard’s could do little to prevent him leaving if that figure was put on the table.
It looks like the move is now edging closer as the Mirror are reporting today that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held talks with Pedro’s agent ahead of their friendly win over Barcelona in San Jose on Saturday night.
The newspaper claims that Woodward has since flown back to the UK and is now set to meet the 28-year-old’s buy-out clause by submitting a formal £22m offer to Barcelona over the coming days.
Once the clause is met, United should then be able to push ahead with the move and discuss personal terms with Pedro’s camp – although you’d have thought such a topic may already have been discussed when Woodward met the agent on Saturday.
So it looks like Pedro is going to become United’s sixth signing of the summer and I expect the Spanish international will come in as a direct replacement for Angel Di Maria – who is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Pedro has been with Barcelona his entire professional career but I’m not surprised he’s looking for a new challenge as the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are all well ahead of him in the pecking order and he needs regular playing time ahead of the 2016 European Championships.
Despite not always being a regular at the Nou Camp, Pedro has still managed to score 98 goals in 318 appearances, so he’ll certainly bring an added goal threat to Louis van Gaal’s team if he does complete a move to United.
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His versatility will also be a valuable asset as he’s capable of playing anywhere across the front three positions, including up front as a central striker, so I think Pedro will prove to be an excellent signing for the Red Devils if they can pull it off.