Manchester United will reportedly contest Chelsea for Barcelona forward Pedro as Louis van Gaal strives to reinforce his attacking options having, seemingly, solved his issues in the middle of the park.
After a reasonably slow start to the summer transfer period, Van Gaal added Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin to his ranks in quick succession, and now focus turns to goalscoring recruits.
The Sun carries a report on Saturday from Neil Custis claiming that Pedro has emerged as a target for Van Gaal and the Manchester United manager is ‘sure’ he can acquire the 27-year-old ahead of his rivals.
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Chelsea, who have been particularly quiet in the transfer window so far, have also been credited with an interest in Pedro, although Jose Mourinho would already seem well stocked in this department, with Eden Hazard, Willian and Juan Cuadrado among his number.
One side that has been far busier than most is Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers too is being linked with Pedro, although at the moment it would seem his focus is on bringing Christian Benteke to Anfield.
Does this leave the door open for Manchester United to secure the signature of the coveted Spain international?
Well, if they are do formalise an interest, it would take an offer of only £22 million - a relative pittance these days - given that this was the reduced release clause negotiated into the contract Pedro signed only last month.
While Pedro may not be the out-and-out-striker Manchester United seem to require following the departure of Robin van Persie and the end of Radamel Falcao’s loan, he is a player of proven quality and great experience.
He remains a player greatly valued at Barcelona - a club where he has won the Champions League three times - but his passage to a regular starting place is somewhat blocked by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
But the next phase in his immediate future would appear to lay in the hands of the player himself and, if Manchester United are to secure a deal, it would be another coup indeed for the in-form Ed Woodward.
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