Pedro talks up Old Trafford challenge
On a night when goal from Pedro secured Barcelona their first piece of silverware for the season, the player's move to Manchester United appeared to come a step closer. Barca manager Luis Enrique confirmed the forward's future would soon be sorted, other club sources admitted that he "wants to go" and Pedro himself spoke of "nice challenges" beyond the Camp Nou.
Talking before the thrilling Super Cup clash against Sevilla, Enrique addressed claims that the 28-year-old had been identified by Louis van Gaal as the man to replace Angel di Maria following the Argentine's move last week to Paris Saint-Germain.
"I would like to keep all my players through the whole season," the Barcelona gaffer told reporters in the Georgian capital Tbilisi "But we have talked enough about Pedro. The solution will arrive soon."
According to Sky Sports Barcelona "are believed to have made it clear" to United that any bid for Pedro would have to meet the £22m release clause in the player's contract.
But speaking after the Super Cup triumph, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez conceded that Pedro was no longer committed to the club. “Pedro has told me he wants to go,” he said, in comments carried by BBC Sport. “The buyout clause in his contract is not negotiable but this could be his final game," said Fernandez.
The player himself admitted he felt "lot of anger" at not starting the Super Cup, adding: "It is a difficult, complicated situation." Asked about the likelihood of moving to Old Trafford, Pedro replied: "Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides. Today I'm here, and I'm happy. And if I go, I will go with my head held high having always given everything."