Manchester City have outbid Manchester United in the race for Barcelona star Pedro, but the Red Devils remain favourites to sign him, Guillem Balague has claimed on Twitter.
Reports emerged from Spain yesterday claiming the Citizens had gazumped their city rivals with an offer of €30million plus a further €2m in performance related bonuses.
Old Trafford officials have been trying to squeeze every penny out of the deal for the last fortnight and have so far refused to meet Barcelona's €30m asking price.
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However, the Sky Sports personality does claim that Ed Woodward is close to an agreement with his Nou Camp counterparts and United, not City, remains the likeliest destination.
Balague also makes the interesting claim that Pedro does not actually want to leave Barcelona, at least in an ideal world. The 28-year-old has spent his entire career in Catalonia, but has reluctantly accepted that he won't get enough playing time at his boyhood club.
Once Neymar returns to full fitness, Luis Enrique is likely to put Pedro back on the bench, where he has sat for a large part of the last two seasons.
Any, here are the tweets:
This looked like a straightforward deal for Manchester United, but Woodward's obsession with getting the best possible value has got the Red Devils into a whole heap of trouble.
There is now a very real possibility that their local, and title, rivals will snatch one of Louis van Gaal's top targets because Woodward wanted to save £1m or maybe £2m. That is about as much as a club of United's stature make in a day.