Manchester United to bid £18m for Barcelona's Pedro this week
Oh, Pedro. You with the high-quality bench-warming and the persistently-told stories about coming to England this summer. Whatever will we do with you?
Sign you, if Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal have anything to do with it. Sign you extremely hard.
The Express says United will firm up their interest in the 27-year-old with an £18m bid this week.
Pedro has a £22m release clause in his contract which, let's face it, Manchester United are extremely likely to pay.
Manchester United absolutely love signing players.
Pedro would seem a natural replacement for the boy Angel Di Maria, who looks quite likely to leave Old Trafford.
That's Man Utd transfer saga #2 this summer. It's got a long way to go to replace the De Gea-Ramos exchange of despair which has been running since the end of last season.
On the De Gea side of things, as rumoured yesterday, Jasper Cillessen of Ajax is a target for United in the event that their Spanish keeper leaves.
Ajax manager Frank De Boer reckons it would be a "disaster" if Cillessen left for Old Trafford.
“For us it would be a disaster if that’s going to happen because it’s already very difficult to find a good goalkeeper, especially if you have the best goalkeeper in Holland,” he said to Sky Sports.
“We want to keep him and he wants to stay, but if Manchester United come with a bag of money it can be difficult. We have to wait but the transfer period still has a long way to go.”
On the other side of the coin of interconnected multimillion pound exchange of human workers, Sid Lowe from off of the Guardian says that David De Gea "has agreement w RM".
We're taking this to mean that he "has (an) agreement w(ith) R(eal) M(adrid)", not that "has agreement w(hile) R(icky) M(artin)", but it's hard to tell with Twitter.
Mr Lowe also outlines that Sergio Ramos wants to go to Manchester United and has told Real as much, that Real don't want to lose him, especially so soon after selling Iker Casillas, and that De Gea won't be allowed to leave Old Trafford unless Ramos comes.
What a tangled web we weave.