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17th Aug 2015

Man United’s Pedro move in jeopardy as Ed Woodward fails to secure a deal

Simon Lloyd

Monday was meant to be the decisive day for Pedro’s Barcelona future, but now he is left in limbo.

The La Liga champions played Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup in what was meant to be Pedro’s farewell game. He was expected to sign for Manchester United shortly afterwards.

Reports suggested that Barca were holding onto the wantaway winger in order to help them win a calendar year sextuple – the final match of which was their clash with Athletic club, who were leading 4-0 from the first leg.

Mundo Deportivo, Radio Catalunya/TV3 and Sport all reported that Ed Woodward had travelled to Spain to wrap the deal and end what was becoming another transfer saga.

However, El Mundo Deportivo are now reporting that the Manchester United Chief Exec has returned home to Manchester already, with no agreement in place.

They state that Barcelona refuse to budge on their €30m asking price – and they want the complete fee up front – whereas Woodward’s best offer remains at €25m plus €5m in add-ons.

United fans will be dismayed at the stalemate, particularly as the fee requested by Barca seems like excellent value for a proven world-class talent.