If a report from the Telegraph is true, then one of the longest-drawn transfer saga of the summer has been put to bed. The above source is claiming Pedro Rodriguez will complete his £24.7m transfer from Barcelona to Manchester United on Tuesday.
Pedro is on the verge of sealing his long-awaited move to Old Trafford, and only few aspects of the deal are been negotiated by United and the European champions. Metro also cite Catalan paper Sport who say the Red Devils will complete the move on Tuesday, allowing Pedro play for Barcelona in Monday’s Spanish Super Cup clash at the Camp Nou, as Luis Enrique’s team will be looking to overturn the 4-0 deficit from the first leg.
Enrique wants the 28-year old Spain international winger to play, as a result of Neymar’s absence due to mumps. The wait is definitely worth it, with Pedro being one of the most decorated footballers in World and European football.
United boss Louis van Gaal is a huge admirer of Pedro – who will reportedly wear the number nine shirt. The speedster is currently on £60,000 per week (via Squawka) at the Camp Nou, and is expected to be a starter in the United team when he joins as van Gaal reportedly wants an attacking trio of Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and the Spain ace.
A former stalwart in the Barcelona team, Pedro saw his situation go worse with the emergence of Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the attack for Luis Enrique’s team. Despite that, he managed to score six goals in 35 league appearances for the Catalans as they won the La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey trophies last season – becoming the first club in European history to win a second treble. However, Pedro featured for 90 minutes in only eight La Liga matches.
Pedro’s arrival will mean he becomes United’s sixth major signing of the summer, as Louis van Gaal seeks to return the club to their old glory days.