Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro within the next 48 hours.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that United are poised to sign the Spanish World Cup winner for £20 million - although Barcelona are still holding out for the £24 million release clause in his contract to be activated.
The report adds that United have offered Pedro a four-year deal - with a further one-year option - and that the player is keen to move to Old Trafford in order to boost his chances of playing for Spain at next summer’s European Championships in France.
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Pedro will replace the PSG-bound Angel di Maria in Manchester United’s first-team squad. The Argentina international is on the brink of sealing his £44 million transfer to the Parc des Princes.
It was reported earlier on Monday, by Catalan newspaper Sport, that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will travel to Barcelona on Tuesday with the intention of wrapping up a deal for Pedro.
Pedro to become United's right-sided forward
The Spaniard, who turned 28 last week, has made up his mind to leave the Camp Nou - despite signing a contract extension with the reigning European champions in June - due to the intense competition for first-team places in Barcelona’s squad.
Pedro made just 15 La Liga starts for Barcelona last season and knew he would spend more time on the bench next term due to the recent exploits of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Van Gaal is offering Pedro the opportunity to become a first-team regular at Old Trafford, with the right-forward position up for grabs.
Memphis Depay was expected to play on the right-hand side of Manchester United’s attack, but Van Gaal sprang a surprise in pre-season by deploying the Netherlands international behind Wayne Rooney.
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Manchester United offered Pepe
Interestingly, the Mirror’s latest report also suggests that Manchester United could turn to Real Madrid’s Pepe after missing out on the Portugal international’s teammate Sergio Ramos this summer.
Ramos is poised to sign a contract extension at the Bernabeu, leaving Pepe’s future at Real Madrid in doubt.
New Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez is set to use Ramos and Raphael Varane as his first-choice centre-back pairing and the Mirror understand that Pepe is being offered to interested clubs.
Now 32 - and with a poor disciplinary record - Van Gaal might be better off passing up Real Madrid’s latest offer.
Manchester United fans: will Pedro settle at Old Trafford this season? Should Louis van Gaal sign Pepe from Real Madrid? Have your say in the comments below!
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