Manchester United have edged increasingly close to secure the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for over a week now, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options, particularly given Angel Di Maria looks set to complete a move to PSG before the end of the transfer window.
Manchester United need a “galactico” signing to rediscover the creativity and attacking flair they missed last season, according to Louis Van Gaal.
The Dutchman spent a club record £59.7m on Angel Di Maria last season but after a bright start the Argentine’s spell at Old Trafford descended into mediocrity and he now looks set to complete a move to PSG.
Barcelona forward Pedro has told his teammates that he will join Manchester United and he’s set to submit a transfer request, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Marca, which is traditionally closer to Real Madrid than Barcelona, suggests that the Spain international has decided to leave the Camp Nou this summer and has told the club’s board and his teammates that he wants to join United.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Sergio Ramos has been dealt a major blow, after Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez insisted the Spaniard will not be sold this summer.
United have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old for almost a month now, with Louis Van Gaal seemingly determined to add the Spain international to a defence that requires major strengthening.
Manchester United target Pedro could leave Barcelona, according to Spain international Sergio Busquets.
Speaking in San Francisco ahead of their game against United, the Barcelona midfielder admitted his teammate could soon be set to leave the Nou Camp.
Manchester United have submitted a £70m bid for Bayern Munich striker Thomas Müller, according to reports that emerged in Germany on Wednesday.
The World Cup winner, who has played under Louis Van Gaal early in his career, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last couple of weeks, with reports published on Monday suggesting he was the United manager’s main target to replace Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie.
Louis Van Gaal has said Manchester United’s “surprise signing” is not a striker, despite what has been reported over the last couple of days.
The United manager had hinted that United will bring in a surprise name to bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline, but he now seems to have backtracked, indicating that the signing might not be a striker after all.
Louis Van Gaal said Manchester United’s pursuit of their new striker was “in the process” and added the name on his list was not one of those United have been linked with over the last couple of weeks.
Having opted against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis and with Robin Van Persie sold to Fenerbache, United have only three strikers on their books with less than four weeks to go until the start of the season but Van Gaal reassured fans that he will bolster his options up-front.