Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has labelled Pedro’s current position as an ‘unusual one.’
The winger is keen to leave the Camp Nou after being condemned to sporadic starting opportunities for Barcelona last season as the attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar proved to be irreplaceable.
Louis van Gaal, who is looking to replace Angel Di Maria, is willing to offer the 29-year-old a key role in his attacking lineup at Manchester United.
However, as Pedro remains at Barcelona for now, Enrique has admitted that the entire situation is problematic.
“He did not play as a starter in Tbilisi because he withdrew from training a few days before, his position is an unusual and difficult one,” said the Barcelona boss.
“His situation is a contradiction because he wants to stay but he always wants more minutes. I’ll continue to use the players I deem best to face each particular game.
“I’m looking forward to the end of the transfer window for everything to be decided.”
As both parties begin to fully focus on their respective campaigns, the Pedro situation is proving to be an obstinate issue. The player wants to leave but Barcelona are adamant about receiving €30m for the winger, hence the transfer’s delay.
The transfer window has been a source of immense tension throughout summer, since it acts as an unavoidable beacon of distraction in a period where concentration is paramount. Perhaps the most glowing example of this is the David De Gea saga.
In the interest of Man United’s wellbeing, the Pedro situation needs to be tied up sooner rather than later. Any ulterior factors need to be put to bed as United prepare for two decisive encounters against Aston Villa and Club Brugge.