Manchester United's prolific transfer negotiator Ed Woodward is set to travel to Barcelona on Tuesday morning with the intention of agreeing a deal for Pedro Rodriguez. Catalan newspaper Sport says it will be a key day in deciding the future of the Spanish winger as the offer placed on the table will be final.
The Old Trafford supremo will bring with him a deal worth €25million with the potential of a further €5m in performance-related bonuses. Barcelona's original asking price was €30m upfront, but Woodward obviously feels this offer will be sufficient.
Pedro has grown tired of life as a second-string attacker at the Nou Camp. The 27-year-old has barely had a chance to impress since Neymar arrived in 2013 and Luis Enrique has told him that his reserve role is unlikely to change in the near future.
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As a La Masia graduate and an important part of the Barcelona dressing room, Enrique is unhappy with the idea of letting Pedro leave. Having agreed a new contract in May, tying him to the Nou Camp until 2019, the Barcelona manager has no obligation to sell the winger.
Pedro has, however, set his heart on a move to Old Trafford where Louis van Gaal has promised him the chance to seal the place soon to be vacated by Angel di Maria. The Argentinian is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain having failed to impress in his solitary season in the Premier League.
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"We don't foresee any departures from the team"
Reports linking Pedro with a move to Manchester United have continued unabated despite the claim from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu that no official approach had been made. He also said that the La Liga outfit are not expecting any departures before the end of this summer's transfer window.
"The team is what it is," the Barcelona president said when asked about Pedro's future. "It has been put together. We have the team that our coach wanted -- it's done and completed.
"We don't foresee any departures from the team. I've read many things about a Pedro departure, but no one has officially addressed our club. Our squad is complete."
“And the other day I saw Pedro’s mum in a furniture shop and she told me that he is going to England"
Mum's the word
To keep the show going, a transfer bomb was dropped by none other than Pedro's mum during her recent visit to the local furniture shop. That is according to Jaime Lorenzo, the president of Raqui San Isidro, Pedro’s first professional team in Spain, at least.
Lorenzo said: “The player was here working at a soccer school a few weeks back and his friends already know he is going,
“And the other day I saw Pedro’s mum in a furniture shop and she told me that he is going to England. I believe it’s a good challenge for him and it means he will get more playing time."
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