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Manchester United moving closer to signing Spanish forward

Manchester United have been linked with Barcelona forward Pedro for a few weeks now and it seems that a move which will see the player head to Old Trafford is not all that far away. Sport in Spain are reporting that Wednesday’s Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and AS Roma will be the final match Pedro will play for the Catalan club. The Spanish news source also stated the Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has ‘signalled his arrival’ for the match, which suggests negotiations are at an advanced stage at the time.

The deal could be worth €30 million for Barcelona, which is either an initial fee of €26 to €28 million with variables added on. They state that Barcelona want the variables to be for matches and minutes played, United on the other hand want the variables to be for trophies won, which would be fair. This is said to not be a stumbling block in the deal. Sport also suggest that Pedro has already agreed terms with Manchester United, something which could have been done over in Santa Clara when United played Barcelona, as Woodward flew back to the United States of America to hold talks with the player’s agent.

The terms that Pedro has agreed with United, according to Sport, are said to be better than the terms signed with Barcelona for his renewal which was signed on the 4th June 2015, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2019. Sport suggest that the player will earn €5 million per season at Old Trafford, signing a five-year contract. The player is waiting on a deal to be struck between both Barcelona and Manchester United. Luis Enrique, the Barcelona manager, is said to be unhappy over the prospective deal and has allegedly tried to convince both the player and the club’s board to not let him leave. However, this does not seem to be something that Enrique is able to do as Manchester United are paying a clause to be able to sign him.

Pedro’s release clause is currently set to €150 million, but it is not this that United will be paying. The is an agreement between Pedro and Barcelona which is suggested to be €30 million, the fee that United will end up paying for the player, a figure just short of £22 million, which is a bargain for a player of the calibre of Pedro, a player that has won five La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey’s, four Supercopa de España trophies, three UEFA Champions League trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, two FIFA Club World Cups, plus a FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship trophy for his country.

Luis Enrique is said to be doing all he can to keep Pedro until after the UEFA Super Cup which will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia on the 11th August, where Barcelona will face UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla. Sport however state that the Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and AS Roma on the 5th August will be the players last match for the Catalan club. There has been much speculation over the future of Pedro, with Chelsea said to be interested, although Jose Mourinho has ruled out any interest, if he is to be believed, of course. Bayern Munich have also been linked with the player, who could reunite with former manager Pep Guardiola, who himself has been linked to become Manchester City manager from the summer of 2016.

One thing is for sure though, Pedro seems to be heading to England this summer. Jamie Lorenzo, the president of Spanish club Raqui San Isidro, the club that Pedro played for as a youth has spoken to Cadena Ser, saying:

“The other day the mother of Pedro told us that he is leaving for England. I think it would be a good challenge for him and he would have more minutes.”

Should these reports by Sport be true, United will be signing a winner and one that would fit into Louis van Gaal’s philosophy. Pedro can play on either wing or even as a striker, which is where United are short of this season. I would presume that he would replace Angel Di Maria in the squad, with the Argentinian seemingly on the move to Paris Saint-Germain after only one season in Manchester. The arrival of Pedro could see Juan Mata lose his place on the right flank, but could also see him play in the number ten role in the squad, which would be good to see. Pedro will give United strength in-depth and leave the central defence as the main area that needs attention this summer. Whether that happens though remains to be seen.

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