Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez has confirmed that he has renegotiated a lower release clause with the Spanish side and admits he currently finds himself in a difficult situation.
Following the arrival of Luis Suarez, Pedro has played a bit-part role at Barcelona and Marca in Spain report that Manchester United have taken the decision to make a bid in the region of €25-29m for the winger this week.
Pedro is believed to be on Manchester United’s radar this summer as well as other Premier League teams but the 27-year-old denied having any conversation with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
“I don’t want to think about the future, I want to rest, be calm and to start the season on Wednesday with my teammates,” he said.
“What comes after that, we will see.”
When asked whether his release clause was lowered to €30m, Pedro added: “That’s true, both the club and I decided to reduce the clause and it’s true there are offers. I’m in a difficult situation at Barcelona.
“It’s a complicated situation. Everyone wants more minutes, more options, to be in the front line… here it’s true that that is complicated.
“I know any other place will not be like Barça. It’s a dream [to be at the club], I’ve won a lot of titles and it has filled me with joy and satisfaction, but everyone has the ambition to continue improving and to play.
“I hope that I can retire at Barça, but it’s a very demanding club. It’s difficult to be at that level, we will see what happens.
“Everyone is happier when they play. I don’t know when there will be a solution. I want to begin pre-season and we will see.”
Man United may have brought in Memphis Depay this summer already but he operates almost exclusively as a left winger and Juan Mata is not a natural winger, so in terms of squad strength then there is room for Pedro in United’s current squad.
Almost every player in the world would struggle to get game time with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in their team and from that perspective, it puts Pedro in the shop window.
Having confirmed he has a lower release, Pedro is there for the taking if United were to make a move for him and at a maximum of €30m, he’s not that expensive given his excellent track record at Barcelona.