Barcelona are refusing to sell Pedro Rodriguez to Manchester United unless his full €30m release clause is paid up front.
Pedro is available this summer because he is unhappy at how much playing time he is getting at Barcelona behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Man United are believed to be frontrunners in the chase for his signature but Graham Hunter has said Barcelona will not sell Pedro for anything less than €30m and want the full payment up front.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hunter said: “Pedro accepts that leaving Barcelona is a real possibility but Barca seem to be sticking to that release fee of £21.2m,” Hunter told Sky Sports News HQ.
“They will not budge. They want 30m euros up front, not in chunks, not in delayed payments.
“It is thought Barca will also snub a bid in excess of 30m euros which is made in installments.
“They have made it quite clear, they want the release clause paid up front. That is proving to be the sticking point.
“Add to the fact that Barca play the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup tie against Bilbao on Friday with a squad that is still tired and missing Neymar, who has mumps. So this could hold the deal up further.”
With United’s funds, neither the €30m or the fact it has to be paid up front should be a problem but it is a usual tactic of clubs to want to spread their payments in instalments because it helps with balancing the books.
However, Barcelona are seemingly intent on that not being the case. Whether it would stop United pursuing Pedro is something different altogether but it Louis van Gaal seriously wants to sign him, then it should be nothing more than a loophole they have to jump through.
United have lost players in the past over negotiations when it comes to trying to save some money here and there but with only a few weeks left in the transfer window and a need for fresh blood in attack, now is not the time for any frugal attempts at moneysaving.
In real terms, €30m for a player of Pedro’s quality is small change for United who have so much financial muscle, so it would be a travesty if Pedro slipped through the net because of financial reasons.