Manchester United are continuing in their pursuit of Barcelona’s Pedro after the club are understood to have offered £17.7m plus £3.6m in add-ons for the Catalonian forward, according to reports.
Despite Barcelona’s best efforts to hold onto the player, United remain hugely interested in Pedro and are attempting to negotiate terms over his £21.3m buyout clause, the Daily Mail reports.
However, a conflicting report in The Guardian states that the winger could be re-thinking his move, unimpressed with the way Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dealt with his former team-mate, and friend, Victor Valdes.
The goalkeeper has been frozen out of the squad after apparently refusing to play for the Under-21s; something Valdes refutes.
Despite starting against Athletic Bilbao in Barcelona’s 4-0 loss in the Spanish Super Cup, manager Luis Enrique admitted that Pedro’s future at the club remains uncertain.
He said: “We all know the situation that Pedro is experiencing.
“We want him to stay, but it’s a difficult decision. Nothing has changed yet, but it will change.
“Pedro is in a difficult situation. He’s a player who wants to stay but also wants more minutes. All the fans understand the Pedro situation.”
Aston Villa vs Manchester United player ratings
Aston Villa vs Manchester United player ratings
1/22 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan - 5
Came off his line well to snuff out Depay and was rarely called upon.
2/22 Leandro Bacuna - 5
Struggled to contain United's attacks down the left flank.
3/22 Micah Richards - 5
A couple of rash challenges, but then also some impressive interceptions. It will be interesting to see him finally get a run of games.
4/22 Ciaran Clark - 5
Played the ball long far too often. More composure is needed.
5/22 Jordan Amavi - 7
Promising when he did get forward. All too rare. Impressive night for the 21-year-old.
6/22 Jordan Veretout - 5
The most memorable thing he did was kick out at Januzaj after a challenge in the first half.
7/22 Idrissa Gueye - 6
Arguably the best player on the park early on, undid his hard work by letting Januzaj get in for the goal.
8/22 Ashley Westwood - 5
Passed well enough but could not provide a cutting edge.
9/22 Jordan Ayew - 5
Forced to live off scraps but did not make the most of his rare chances.
10/22 Gabriel Agbonlahor - 5
Plenty of effort but little product.
11/22 Scott Sinclair - 5
Looked dangerous on the ball, but his decision making in key areas was lacking.
12/22 Man Utd: Sergio Romero - 6
Had a shocker in the warm up, but largely untested in the main event. Solid hands when called upon.
13/22 Matteo Darmian - 6
Another impressive display. The Italian has probably made the best start of any of United's new boys.
14/22 Chris Smalling - 7
The Englishman has done something right over summer as he seems far more assured this season than he ever has.
15/22 Daley Blind - 6
Solid enough, decent in possession, but yet to convince in the centre of defence. He should not be seen as a long-term option.
16/22 Luke Shaw - 6
The England international made a couple of excellent tackles early on, and pushed forward to help United spread the play in attack.
17/22 Michael Carrick - 6
Produced a collector's item; a misplaced pass, but was composed throughout.
18/22 Morgan Schneiderlin - 6
The Frenchman seemed settled. Could have done better with a header at the back post, but his overall performance was good.
19/22 Juan Mata - 6
The Spaniard's superb pass set up the opening goal. Few players possess such exquisite vision. Poor defensively.
20/22 Adnan Januzaj - 6
His inclusion was vindicated with a well taken goal, courtesy of a kind deflection.
21/22 Memphis Depay - 5
The 21-year-old could not be accused of a lack of effort, but not much came off for him. Yet to spark into life.
22/22 Wayne Rooney - 4
Never sparked into life. More is to be expected now that Rooney is the side's attacking spearhead.
Enrique added: “He has been, is and always be loved by Catalans because of his professionalism.”
For the majority of last season, Pedro has remained as a second-choice forward for Enrique starting in 15 out of 35 La Liga appearances.
Fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres has encouraged his “good friend” to make the switch to United, arguing that he has “everything to succeed in the Premier League”.
Torres told the Daily Mirror: “He is a good friend, and if he decides that England is the next step in his career, I am sure he will do very well there,”
“He has all the ability you would expect from a player who has been at Barcelona for so many years, but also he has a great work ethic.
"He works hard, he will help defend, he won’t be bullied, he has everything to succeed in the Premier League.
“I think he will find it very hard to leave Barcelona, but I understand as much as anybody how important it is to be playing regularly — especially once you reach a certain age. You need to be at a club where you are playing a lot of football.”Reuse content