English Premiership giants Manchester United are inching closer to sign Barcelona’s star forward Pedro Rodriguez. The contract if ratified would take United’s summer spending past the £10 0million barrier after their sixth signing this off-season.
To hold a meeting with Pedro’s agent, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to the U.S. ahead of the Red’s friendly with the Spanish giants in San Jose. The Reds notched up a 3-1 victory in that game.
Pedro Rodriguez was initially a Liverpool target, but the Old Trafford outfit eked them in the race in a desperate bid to fill the void left by Angel Di Maria’s move to the Paris Saint Germain and Robin Van Persie leaving the club for Turkey.
Manchester United are now ready to meet the schemer’s transfer clause of £22 million in order to complete the deal, clearly evident after Woodward hinted a positive signal after returning to the UK. The only hindrance for Pedro is that Barca manager Luis Enrique is against the move.
The 27-year-old roving forward has played 318 games for Barca, netting 98 goals, and has 51 caps for Spain. The prime reason for which Pedro is keen on a move to Old Trafford is that he wants first-eleven football ahead of Euro 2016 next summer.
In Barcelona, the reigning European champions, Pedro Rodriguez was eclipsed by the presence of talismans like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and didn’t get the limelight.