Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his attempt to sign Pedro from Barcelona is a 'process' and has told reporters that he has no news for them as things stand.
Pedro is expected to be brought in as a replacement for Angel di Maria, who has joined Paris Saint-German, however the deal is dragging on.
It was previously reported that Barcelona wouldn't let him leave until after the Super Cup game against Sevilla which resumes tonight, and then Manchester United will be free to press ahead with their transfer swoop. The 28-year-old has a €30 million release clause in his contract however as it stands a deal isn't close and the saga threatens to rumble on until the end of the transfer window.
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So far the Red Devils have completed five signings in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sergio Romero all signing on the dotted line.
Now Van Gaal has confirmed that he is working to make Pedro his sixth signing, but insisted there is no news to report as yet.
"It is a process," the Dutchman said in a news conference. "When he has signed I come to you and say: 'Hey, Pedro is here.' That is not the case and we shall wait and see."
Manchester United edged to a 1-0 win over Tottenham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with a Kyle Walker own goal proving to be the difference between the two teams.
Despite the successful start Van Gaal has previously insisted that he wants to add more creative talent to his line up in order to push for a title challenge and to be competitive in Europe this season. When suggested Pedro could be the man for the job, the Manchester United boss replied: "I hear, and Pedro is a player like that. So write it!"
The Red Devils go up against Aston Villa in their second game of the Premier League season this weekend.
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