Manchester United trying to haggle over Pedro transfer fee

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Manchester United are still trying to negotiate with Barcelona over winger Pedro's fee despite the fact that he has a £22 million release clause written into his contract.

The Spanish international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time as a replacement for Angel di Maria, who has left to join Paris Saint-Germain.

However as it stands no deal has been agreed and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal described negotiations as a 'process' earlier this week.

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According to the Daily Mail no agreement is in sight after the Red Devils effectively offered to activate his release clause but in a structured way so Barcelona might not receive the full amount. The paper claims that Manchester United have offered £17.7 million as an up-front plus £3.6 million in performance-based add-ons.

Barcelona are unlikely to be receptive to that offer and will hold out for his full release clause up front, and a major problem for Manchester United is the fact that cross-city rivals Manchester City are monitoring the situation and are willing to pay the full amount should they decide to swoop.

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The Mail adds that the Citizens are wary of being used by Barcelona in order to extract more money from Manchester United, so are keeping their cards close to their chest for the time being.

Pedro is said to be seeking an exit in order to get more game time having fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Luis Suarez last summer. He started in the Super Cup showdown against Athletic Bilbao last evening which ended in a 4-0 defeat for the Catalan club, and boss Luis Enrique admitted afterwards that the winger's future remains uncertain.


He said: "We all know the situation that Pedro is experiencing. We want him to stay, but it’ s a difficult decision. Nothing has changed yet, but it will change.

"Pedro is in a difficult situation. He’s a player who wants to stay but also wants more minutes. All the fans understand the Pedro situation. He has been, is and always will be loved by Catalans because of his professionalism."

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