Sunday 21 January 2018

Pedro on brink of Manchester United move while David de Gea poised to stay put

Barcelona winger Pedro Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Barcelona winger Pedro Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United are on the brink of a deal for Barcelona's Pedro and have agreed to trigger the £22 million release clause in the unsettled forward's contract, according to a report in Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The 27-year-old, who has also been linked with moves to Chelsea and Liverpool, is understood to be ready to sign a four-year contract with United.

However, the report claims that deal will not be sealed until after next month's Uefa Super Cup final with La Liga rivals Sevilla on August 11.

Edison Cavani, meanwhile, is understood to want to join United who have just one fit striker after Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie left Old Trafford since the end of last season.

However, despite the Uruguayan's desire to make the move to the Premier League and United's willingness to make a bid for the player, Paris St-Germain are keen on keeping the player who they hope can link up with Ángel Di María.

One of the ongoing transfer sagas of the summer appears to be coming to an end after Rafael Benítez, the Real Madrid manager, said he was happy with his goalkeepers at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and had no need to sign United's David de Gea.

After beating Manchester City in a pre-season friendly on Friday, Benítez was asked if he was happy with his current No 1 choice Keylor Navas.

"I think so, yes, we wanted to give him the chance to play and prove himself and he has done well," Benítez said. "I only need one goalkeeper on each match, and as long as I have one, I'm happy."

Louis van Gaal, the United manager, will have been buoyed, too, to hear that Sergio Ramos remains unhappy in Madrid and still appears to want to join the Old Trafford club.

Graham Hunter, the Spain-based journalist, said: "Ramos’ attitude remains the same. He is unhappy, he has made that clear, and he has made his decision. It is not him bullying Madrid into a better contract.

“If he gets his way, he will go to United. But the deal is, there is two years left on his contract and it may not be able to happen. Real may refuse to sell him.”

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