Sunday 25 February 2018

Barcelona boss wants Manchester United target Pedro to remain in Spain

Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez
Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says he wants Manchester United target Pedro to remain at the Nou Camp but has conceded that there is nothing he can do if the player wants to leave.

The Spanish striker is on the verge of completing his move to Old Trafford with a deal expected to be announced within the next 48 hours.

Pedro's own mother has already confirmed that her son will be moving to England and last week the player was filmed saying his goodbyes to fans outside Barca's training ground.

"Pedro is a high-level player and as a coach I want him to stay here, but is his decision," Enrique told reporters today.

"There will only be exits if someone wants to leave and at the moment we don't have news about this."

Pedro was largely a fringe player during Barca's treble-winning season during the last campaign. He only started 15 La Liga matches, playing only 1550 minutes in total.

He did, however, score six goals during that period and set up another six.

The Spaniard would cost United around £22m, which is seen as good business for an experienced player with two Champions Leagues to his name.

United are keen to bolster their striking options after selling Robin van Persie and not renewing the loan deal of Radamel Falcao this summer.

Meanwhile, Pedro's former boss Pep Guardiola says the striker can play for any club in the world.

"He (Pedro) is one of the best players you can imagine," Guardiola said.

"He's won the European Cup, the Champions League and played millions of games for Barcelona. He can play in any team in the world, but I don't know the situation right now. He's a great player."

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