Manchester United have not made an offer for Barcelona star Pedro and the European champions are not expecting further departures this summer. That is according to none other than club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who denies the winger is closing in on a move to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were expected to announce a deal for Pedro as soon as Angel di Maria completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain. By all accounts, Louis van Gaal had agreed meet the £22million release clause and the 28-year-old was happy to move to Old Trafford.
However, Bartomeu has thrown all that speculation onto the fire after claiming Manchester United had yet to make an official offer and that he was not expecting the Spain international to leave in the current transfer window.
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"The team is what it is," the Barcelona president said when asked about Pedro's future. "It has been put together. We have the team that our coach wanted -- it's done and completed.
"We don't foresee any departures from the team. I've read many things about a Pedro departure, but no one has officially addressed our club. Our squad is complete."
A major disappointment
Manchester United fans were so convinced that Pedro was arriving that the idea of not signing him would be considered a major disappointment regardless of the fact that Van Gaal has already spent £80m this summer.
But the Old Trafford faithful have come to expect big name arrivals and are desperate to see their club replace the outgoing Di Maria with a player of similar stature. If Bartomeu speaks the truth (and why wouldn't he) then Van Gaal faces the prospect of having his summer deemed a failure.
Big names leaving
The situation could be made even worse if David de Gea seals his long-awaited move to Real Madrid between now and the end of the window. Manchester United have been demanding Sergio Ramos in exchange, but the defender doesn't want to move to the Premier League and is believed to be close to agreeing a five-year contract.
But the goalkeeper is clearly unhappy with the Red Devils and failed to convince in a friendly fixture against PSG. If he and Di Maria both leave, two stars will have to arrive in the closing weeks of the summer window, leaving Ed Woodward scrambling to salvage what could have been an excellent summer.
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