Pedro has agreed terms on a transfer to Manchester United and will complete his move from Barcelona imminently, according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.
The ever-reliable Sky source claims that the Spanish winger has reacted positively in negotiations involving United’s Ed Woodward, who himself flew to Catalonia yesterday in a bid to resolve a saga that has been running for some time.
Pedro deal agreed
The report states that Pedro has come to the conclusion that he wants to move to Old Trafford rather than switch to their rivals Man City, with the two clubs needing to agree on a fee for a deal to be completed.
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It’s believed Barca will not budge from the £21.5million release clause currently embedded in Pedro’s contract, and so United are going to have to consent to paying that if they want their man.
"Ed Woodward, the Manchester United chief executive, has been in Barcelona today, speaking to the club and the word is that a deal will be done this week one way or another," Balague told Revista de La Liga.
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"I understand a deal between the player and United is already in place and all that is left is for United to put the €30m on the table. They are just negotiating how they are going to pay it, with installments or an amount up-front.
"They are very close. I'm not sure whether Barcelona will try one last time with Pedro and say 'don't go', but it seems his mind is already made up."
Problems thus far
Thus far in negotiations the fee to be paid has been a sticking point, although United will surely stump up the necessary cash now that they know the player himself is ready to put pen to paper on a contract.
If the Red Devils can land Pedro he’ll become the latest marquee signing to join Van Gaal’s revolution. So far a raft of big names has been drafted in, although the addition of the Barcelona star will certainly add more fuel to the fire fans hope will tear through the Premier League.
Naturally supporters will be wary that the 28-year-old will encompass shades of Angel Di Maria, who flopped at Old Trafford after joining last summer only to move to Paris Saint-Germain after 12 months. Van Gaal will be praying that doesn’t happen, but in any case a deal seems all but done.
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