This is according to the Telegraph, who understand the Spanish World Cup winner will opt against a move to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity to join the Red Devils arises.
However, perhaps already aware of Pedro’s desire to join Louis van Gaal’s side, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told reporters that he does not need the 27-year-old.
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Manchester United can sign Pedro for €30 million after the versatile forward’s release clause dropped from €150 million this summer.
The Spain international signed a contract extension with the reigning European champions last month but has reportedly reversed his decision to stay at the Camp Nou due to the intense competition for first-team places in Luis Enrique’s squad.
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United have good chance of signing Pedro
Pedro, aware that his chances of making the Spain squad for next summer’s European Championships could suffer, fears he will spend most of next season on the bench following the magnificent exploits of Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate comprised of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Manchester United want Pedro and believe they stand an excellent chance of adding him to their ranks ahead of their opening match of the new Premier League season against Tottenham on August 8.
Van Gaal reportedly wants the Barcelona star to become United’s new first-choice right-sided attacking winger, with Wayne Rooney leading the line and one of Ashley Young, Angel di Maria or Memphis Depay occupying the left flank.
That Van Gaal deployed £31 million summer signing Depay behind Rooney in the 1-0 win over Club America on Friday night suggests the Dutch winger might not, as was initially expected, spend next season playing from the right wing.
Pedro would be an excellent signing
There’s no doubt that Pedro would be a fine acquisition for the Red Devils, who have significantly bolstered their squad this summer with the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and the aforementioned Depay.
Van Gaal, in his second season as manager of Manchester United, is now under pressure to deliver silverware to Old Trafford.
But first he is under serious pressure to ensure the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League group stages - an outcome some fans may have already taken for granted.
United face a two-legged play-off tie next month to qualify for the group stages. Lose that and they will find themselves in the group stages of the Europa League instead.
With his tenacity, skill and eye for goal, Pedro would not only boost United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League - he would boost their chances of winning Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2008.
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