Rumour: Manchester United agree personal terms with Barcelona forward Pedro
Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Barcelona forward Pedro, Sky Sports reports. A deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs in question with the Spanish club stating that the player’s release clause had to be met to even consider an offer but reports had emerged yesterday that a deal will be finalised on Tuesday.
The Telegraph had reported earlier in the day that United chief executive Ed Woodward was in Spain to finalise the 28-year-old’s transfer. Whether a deal has been agreed between the two clubs is uncertain, but it seems the English side have been able to negotiate personal terms successfully with the player.
"I understand a deal between the player and United is already in place and all that is left is for United to put the €30m on the table. They are just negotiating how they are going to pay it, with instalments or an amount up-front,” Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Revista de La Liga.
Balague confirmed that Woodward had indeed been in Barcelona but stated that a deal is yet to be struck between United and Barcelona.
"Ed Woodward, the Manchester United chief executive, has been in Barcelona today, speaking to the club and the word is that a deal will be done this week one way or another," he said.
Pedro signed a contract extension with the Catalan club in May 2015 but has hinted that he is looking at a move away from the Nou Camp. He failed to start any of Barcelona’s three competitive fixtures in the 2015/16 season so far despite Neymar missing out on the matches with illness.
“It is a difficult, complicated situation. When you know you may leave it is difficult,” Pedro had said after his winner against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. “The truth is that I had a good chance to play. The coach has decided not to count on me. I don't know, I don't know if I will continue here.”?
When quizzed further on rumours linking him with a move to United, Pedro said: “Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides.”
Balague said that a deal between the two clubs is imminent.
“They are very close. I'm not sure whether Barcelona will try one last time with Pedro and say 'don't go', but it seems his mind is already made up,” he said.