Pedro could move to Manchester United as Barca open exit door

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Barcelona are open to the idea of selling either Pedro or Alexis Sanchez this summer, which could see one of the duo move to Old Trafford.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that Barca want to stage a large-scale clear-out of their first-team squad, as Luis Enrique aims to kick-start a new era at the Nou Camp, and are willing to depart with the likes of Francesc Fabregas, Sanchez, Pedro, and Dani Alves. But whilst the sale of Fabregas has already been practically set in stone, with Chelsea close to finalising a deal, and Sanchez is said to be in talks over a move to Juventus, the news that Pedro is available will be of interest to Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman has been bought in by United to oversee a squad transition and, like Enrique, is aiming to make big moves in the summer transfer market. He will no doubt have been put on red alert over Pedro’s situation, as he has been linked with a move for the Spaniard in the past few weeks. With the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia having failed to make an impact last season it’s looking like they will be bit-part players at most next year, and so Van Gaal is in need of a top quality wide-man.

Pedro, though once considered an important part of Barca’s first-team, has seen his opportunities in Catalonia dwindle over the last two years, and the arrival of Neymar signalled an end to the days when his inclusion in the starting XI was guaranteed. This would infer that the 24-year-old could be open to an Old Trafford switch, though United will undoubtedly face competition for his signature.

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