Attacker Hints At Move Amid Reports He’s On Verge Of Joining Man Utd
Pedro Rodriguez has hinted that he’ll be forced to leave Barcelona this summer amid reports that the attacker is on the verge of joining Manchester United
With the summer transfer window in full swing, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads for the new season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Pedro speaks out about his future….
Pedro Rodriguez has hinted that he’ll be forced to leave Barcelona this summer amid reports that the attacker is on the verge of joining Manchester United, according to the Guardian.
The Spanish international has been on Barcelona’s books his entire professional career having joined the club as a teenager but has struggled to establish himself as a regular first team player in recent years with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all well ahead of him in the pecking order.
The lack of regular playing time has led to speculation that Pedro will finally look for a new challenge this summer and he’s been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.
The Daily Star cited a report from Macra on Tuesday which claimed that United had agreed a deal to sign the 28-year-old and they even suggested the player had undergone the first part of his medical.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez then appeared to confirm that Pedro had asked to leave the Nou Camp. Speaking ahead of last night’s European Super Cup victory over Sevilla, Fernandez is quoted as saying by the Guardian:
“Pedro asked us for the transfer. We are not going to accept less than €30m for him, it’s not negotiable,”
Pedro was expected to start the game after Neymar was ruled out with mumps but the Spaniard was named on the bench before coming on to score a late winner during a thrilling 5-4 win and predictably he was quizzed about his future after the match.
The attacker denied Fernandez’s claim that he’d asked for a move and admitted that in an ideal world he’d stay at Barcelona, but Pedro also acknowledged that his situation is difficult and hinted that he needs to move-on in order to get more regular first team football.
“The sports director says I said I want out? He shouldn’t say that, I barely talked with him,” Pedro is quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“I talked with the president and others. This is a difficult situation for me, of course I wanted to start. I don’t know what will happen, but I will always be a Barça fan.
“Do I want to leave? The answer is ‘no’, but my situation is difficult. It’s not about money, but about more playing time.”
Pedro has stopped short of confirming he wants to leave but I think it’s safe to say a move is on the cards. You could tell from his body language after the game last night that he already had one foot out the door.
He will have been disappointed not to start last night and I think if there was any chance he was going to stay, Luis Enrique wouldn’t have left him on the bench in favour of starting youngster Rafinha.
With Angel Di Maria’s departure to PSG, Pedro appears to be the man Louis van Gaal wants as his replacement and I think he’ll be an excellent signing for United – if they manage to get a deal over the line.
He has an excellent goal-scoring record of almost 1 in 3 during his 300+ games for Barcelona, despite not always being a regular, and he’ll give van Gaal plenty of options in the final third as he’s capable of playing anywhere across the attacking positions.
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We’ll have to see how things progress but I think we’ll know a lot more by the end of the week, and I fully expect Pedro to seal a move to Old Trafford where he’ll become their sixth major signing of the summer.
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