The Red Devils must replace the pacey Angel Di Maria – who left for Paris Saint-Germain recently – if they are to have any chance of competing for and winning any silverware this season, and Louis van Gaal knows that even clearly than anyone else.
Barcelona attacking ace Pedro Rodriguez has been touted for an Old Trafford move in one of the longest-drawn transfer sagas of the summer, and the transfer is very close to completion. The Spain international winger has the talent no doubt, as well as the ability to fill the void left open by the Argentine international speedster after his exit to PSG.
Pedro has, in recent seasons, found himself on the fringes at Camp Nou and now he wants a change in the situation. Last season even got worse for the Canary Islander as boss Luis Enrique decided to put his trust, apparently, on the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar as arguably Europe’s deadliest three-pronged attack was created.
United and Barcelona have reportedly agreed a fee and Pedro settled on the personal terms offered him by the Red Devils but, Enrique wanted the 28-year old to stay and play in the Catalans’ UEFA Super Cup clash against Sevilla in Tbilisi as Neymar was out with mumps. Pedro did featured, but not from the start and his goal was decisive as the European Champions ran out 5-4 winners in extra-time.
Reports in Spain as cited by Metro claim Pedro will decide in the coming hours whether he is joining United or not. The source goes on to say a €34.7m offer has been accepted by Barcelona from the Red Devils for Pedro to join and the move could even be confirmed officially next week if the Spain ace decides to move.
Barca’s technical director Robert Fernandez had suggested the match against Sevilla could be Pedro’s last game for the Blaugrana, although the Spain wing wizard denied it after the game.
“Pedro said he wants to go, we want him to stay, it’s up to him. This could be him last game,” said Fernandez.
United manager Louis van Gaal also said that Pedro fits the type of player he is looking for, although he does not know whether the player will leave Barcelona for Manchester United, but the Dutchman’s statement is seen as out of respect for last season’s Champions League winners.
When asked if he was optimistic of landing Pedro, van Gaal answered: “You have to ask Pedro, not me. My answer is it’s a process, it’s a club, it’s a player, and we are there also.
“I don’t mention anything until he has signed. When he has signed, I come to you and say ‘hey, Pedro is here’. That is still not the case. We shall wait and see.
Meanwhile, Pedro started for Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup game against Athletic Bilbao as the Blaugrana were thumped 4-0 in what Goal tagged as humiliating.