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Manchester City launch bigger offer for Barcelona star Pedro

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Manchester United's deal for Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez has been thrown into serious doubt after Manchester City gazumped their offer.

This is according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who dedicate an entire front page splash to the story.

It claims that Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain, formerly of Barcelona, of course, has been in contact with his old friends at the Nou Camp to declare the Citizen's interest in Pedro.

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They have offered Barcelona €30million up front plus an extra €2m in performance related bonuses. That trumps what United's chief executive Ed Woodward offered, believed to be €25m with an extra €5m in bonuses.

However, it is not all panic stations at Old Trafford just yet as the newspaper claims that the Red Devils are still very much the favourites to seal this transfer deal simply because Pedro has already agreed a contract in principle.

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Manchester United are confident that Pedro will stick to his word and won't go back on that agreement, even if it is something of a gentleman's arrangement rather than something official.

Delaying tactics

The late move from Manuel Pellegrini is certainly set to halt the transfer as Pedro would no doubt consider a move to the Etihad, where fellow Spain international David Silva currently plies his trade.

In what will be even worse news to Manchester United, the newspaper also claims that Chelsea are also considering an 11th hour bid for Pedro. However, Jose Mourinho is so far behind in the race that there would still be some surprise to see an offer come in from Stamford Bridge.

Regardless of what happens, Barcelona won't let Pedro go before the two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie against Athletic Bilbao, which gets underway tomorrow with the return leg scheduled for Monday.

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