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Manchester United coach admits Pedro deal will be 'difficult'

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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.

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“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.

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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.”

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