Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has insisted that something is 'being cooked' between Barcelona and Manchester United over a deal involving Spanish international Pedro.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the 28-year-old in recent time, with the club seemingly on the lookout for a replacement for Argentine international Angel di Maria, who looks set to join French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain in the near future.
It appears, though, that if United are going to get their man in this transfer window, then they will have to pay his full buyout clause.
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Numerous reports claim that it will cost the Red Devils as much as £22 million to land the talented winger, so it looks set to be an interesting couple of weeks for all involved.
One thing's for sure, Manchester United fans will be hoping the club conclude their transfer business sooner rather than later, with the start of the Premier League season approaching.
"On Pedro: LE says he will only leave if United pays the buy out clause, but a source at FCB admits something is "being cooked"...."
Pedro in for Young?
Of course, many will see the signing of Pedro as a replacement for Di Maria, but it may well be Ashley Young who is forced out of the side in the near future.
Despite Young's fine 2014/15 campaign, it's not going to be easy for him to keep his place in the United side, with the array of attacking talent at Van Gaal's disposal. Ultimately, at 30-years of age, the ex-Aston Villa man won't be seen as the long term solution out-wide for the Red Devils, so he may well struggle to maintain a starting position.
And, if the Red Devils do manage to land Pedro, then surely he'd be the ideal candidate to fill the left midfield role, with fellow Spaniard Juan Mata operating on the right.
That, then, would leave Memphis Depay to play behind captain Wayne Rooney, who looks set for a huge season up top. One thing's for sure, United's Dutch boss still has a number of big decisions to make before the close of the transfer window.
If Van Gaal manages to get things right over the coming weeks, then United will most definitely possess one of the most exciting and dynamic front lines in Europe. Fans of the club will just be hoping that they improve in the defensive department sooner rather than later.
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