Manchester City are expected to make a bid for Barcelona’s Pedro, according Guillem Balague.
The 29-year-old is keen to leave the Camp Nou in the interest of boosting his minutes on the pitch, which was something he found hard to come by at Barcelona last season.
Louis van Gaal is keen to bring the winger to Old Trafford as a replacement for Angel Di Maria but City have also shown interest as they look to add to their current crop of wingers, which is an area currently lacking in potency.
Now, Balague has confirmed that both Manchester clubs are interested in bringing Pedro to England.
“It’s quite clear Manchester United and Pedro have been speaking for a while,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“But Manchester City have intervened and are offering more money to Barcelona.
“What Barcelona is saying is ‘we don’t want you to go, but if anybody wants you they’ll have to pay the €30m (£21.4m) of your buyout clause’.
“At the moment, what we understand is that Manchester United are willing to go to €28m (£20m) plus another €2m (£1.4m) in variables, so they’re very close to it.
“But City is willing to pay – and this is a recent offer – €30m (£21.4m) plus another €2m (£1.4m), so above the buyout clause.
“The player certainly has decided to leave Barcelona.
“It doesn’t matter what messages are coming from the squad, from the coach, from the club itself – he feels that he wants more minutes.
“He knows he won’t have that at Barcelona because of the quality of the front three. So now the decision is will it be United or City.
“But Manchester City are offering Barcelona more money, and it could be that Pedro gets more money from City as well. But it is a decision that will come soon.”
If Balague – a credible yet not perennially spot on source – is right about money being the decisive factor in this deal, Man United certainly won’t roll over easily.
United’s long term interest in the winger could be a decisive factor as the two clubs battle for the Spaniard’s signature. Losing such a renowned talent after weeks of negotiating to their biggest rivals would be disastrous, especially at this stage in the window.
Pedro, a radiant attacking force as well as a selfless team player, would improve any Premier League side. Whoever seals his signature deals a massive psychological blow to the other, as well as severely improving their attacking options.