Manchester United are, as of now, refusing to meet Barcelona’s valuation for Pedro, according to reports in Spain.
Sport claim that Man United have offered €25 million, plus an additional €5 million in bonuses, for the winger’s services. However, Barcelona are holding out for United to pay the full €30 million up front.
Pedro has been linked to United for weeks now and the transfer is finally starting to look like it is taking shape. Earlier reports suggested Louis van Gaal wanted to complete the sale of Angel di Maria before moving for Pedro yet, despite the Argentine’s departure, still no deal has been agreed.
Van Gaal has openly stated his desire to add a player with ‘speed and creativity’ to United’s squad, even confirming that Pedro has the attributes he is looking for. With Manchester City allegedly joining the race to sign the 28-year-old, it seems United will have to move fast to complete the deal.
If reports are to be believed, €5 million is what is separating Pedro from becoming a Red Devil. Given the extensive spending by United over the past two years, it is slightly perplexing that they are reluctant to increase their offer.
It is obvious that Van Gaal wants to bring in Pedro as soon as possible. It begs the question, why is Ed Woodward so averse to paying the extra €5 million needed to secure Pedro’s services?
With just over a fortnight of the transfer window left, United must look to bring a swift conclusion to a transfer that is quickly turning into a saga.