Manchester United coach Frans Hoek has conceded that it will be difficult to sign Barcelona winger Pedro this summer.
The Spanish international recently penned a new contract at the Nou Camp which crucially contains a much lower release clause worth around £30 million.
Pedro is reportedly keen on a move away from Barcelona after seeing his game time dwindle following the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool last summer.
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Chelsea have also been linked with the 27-year-old but it appears as though Manchester United are in the driving seat as they look to identify a replacement for Angel di Maria.
The Argentine international is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth €65 million according to reports, and the Red Devils are keen to land a replacement quickly. Despite the fact that Pedro's relase clause is equivalent to around £22 million Hoek believes a deal will be anything but straight forward.
“Pedro? We’ll see, many things can happen in the world of football, but it’s very difficult,” he was quoted as saying by Sport after United's 3-1 win pre-season against Barcelona on Saturday.
Hoek also spoke out about the future of Victor Valdes, who will be leaving Manchester United less than a year after signing with the club for failing to buy into Louis van Gaal's 'philosophy'.
"I don’t like to talk about negative things. Valdes is a great goalkeeper and I’m sure he’ll find a great team for next season." He added of David de Gea's future: "He is working with us at the moment, so he’s still ours.”