Manchester United target Pedro has told tearful Barcelona fans that he doesn’t know whether he is staying at the Camp Nou or leaving the club.
Pedro was approached by two female Barcelona fans, who had even made a poster for the Spaniard, as he prepared to drive home from training on Wednesday. (Scroll down to see the video).
He duly stopped and spoke with them, hugged them and gave them each a kiss on the cheek, but stopped short of saying whether he will or won’t be staying at the club, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
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Marca add that Barcelona fans already regard Pedro as more of an outsider rather than an insider, with the 28-year-old likely to sign for Manchester United over the coming weeks.
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The same publication have stated that Manchester United have already agreed a transfer fee with Barcelona for the transfer of Pedro, but the English giants may need to wait until after the European Super Cup on August 11 before securing his services.
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United move makes sense for Pedro
United are set to pay Barcelona £22 million including add-ons, but will offload their unsettled Argentina international Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain before completing the deal.
Pedro signed a new three-year contract extension with Barcelona last month but has decided to leave the club in order to improve his chances of making the Spain squad for next summer’s European Championships in France.
The versatile forward is acutely aware that his game-time will be limited if he stays at the Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar the preferred front three of head coach Luis Enrique.
Pedro only made 15 starts in La Liga last season and wants to join a club where he can become a first-team regular again. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has offered him that opportunity.
Pedro to play on right wing at United
Van Gaal has confirmed that he plans to play with a 4-3-3 this season - but the right-wing position is still up for grabs.
Memphis Depay was expected to play there following his move from PSV Eindhoven, but Van Gaal has used the Dutch winger in a central role behind Wayne Rooney in pre-season.
Pedro is likely to be handed the right-wing role at United - although the fact he can also play on the left and through the middle is sure to be one of the primary reasons why Van Gaal is so keen to sign the Spaniard.
Manchester United fans: who do you want to see on the right wing next season: Pedro, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata or Adnan Januzaj? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!