Manchester United’s pursuit of Pedro Rodriguez has escalated very quickly.
From nothing more than a murmured rumour on the back pages only a couple of weeks ago, a €30m deal for the Spanish winger to move to Old Trafford is now almost complete.
Marca in Spain consider his move to Man United as effectively done but say Barcelona intend to keep him at the club until they have played their UEFA Super Cup final against Sevilla on 11 August.
The Telegraph follow suit and insist Pedro has told his close friends he is preparing for his move to United.
With a fee in place, all that would need to be agreed is a contract because Pedro has made it clear how much he wants to play regular football next season which simply won’t be possible at Barcelona as Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi are an immovable trio.
While fans are frustrated that club record signing Angel di Maria will likely be leaving the club after just one year, immediately replacing him with Pedro would be a swift move by Louis van Gaal.
At 27, Pedro has plenty ahead of him in his career and he’s the sort of player who hasn’t had too much of the limelight, so he’s somewhat underrated in comparison to what he should be.
United would rather keep Di Maria at the club but if he doesn’t want to be here, then bringing in Pedro, who’ll be hungry to play, is a smart move.