Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu responded to speculation linking Pedro with a move to Manchester United by stating the club had not received any offers for any member of their squad.
Despite signing a contract extension with Barcelona last season, Pedro is understood to be keen on leaving the Catalan club because of their wealth of attacking options.
The 27-year-old wants to be in the Spain squad for Euro 2016, and that means he needs to play regularly for Barcelona. However, that is no longer possible with manager Luis Enrique expected to continue choosing a starting eleven with the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar at the forward positions.
It has been reported in Spain that United are in advanced talks with Pedro’s representatives and are prepared to offer Barcelona €24 million plus an additional €6 million in add-ons for the versatile forward.
Just yesterday, manager Luis Enrique confirmed he had held talks with the veteran player but was hesitant to give a firm answer as to whether or not Pedro would remain at the Camp Nou past this summer.
“Pedro? If he wants to go, a club will have to meet his release clause,” the manager said. “I have talked with Pedro to discuss the situation.
“I have told him how I think about it and he told me how he feels about it, but obviously I won’t reveal the exact content of the conversation we had.”
Pedro teammate Sergio Busquets also revealed that he had held talks with the forward, and was equally unsure of where his future lies.
“Yes, I have spoken to him but I won’t tell you what he said. It was a private conversation,” Busquets said.
“I would want him to stay, I would love him to stay. He is a friend of mine and it will be his final decision. He wants to play more and get more minutes. That what he wants.
“But we are in a team of great players and it’s hard for him. Finally it will be his decision but I hope he stays.”
However, speaking today after landing in San Francisco to join up with the squad, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu confirmed there has yet to be any bids for any player, and no one had officially informed the club of their desire to leave.
“We have yet to receive any offers for any of our squad players and I go back to what out coach said – if anyone wants to leave they need to make a formal request and then ensure that their buyout clause is paid,” Bartomeu stated.
“As yet, no one has made this request so we are relaxed over the matter.”
Should United ultimately make a bid for Pedro, it is believed that Barcelona would be open to allowing the veteran player to leave in order to recoup some of the money the club has spent on transfers this summer.
Barcelona have spent almost €60 million on the signings of Aleix Vidal (from Sevilla) and Arda Turan (from Atletico Madrid) and only brought in €6 million for the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu to Everton.
It was believed that a deal for Pedro could be struck before the weekend – prior to Barcelona’s match against Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. However it appears that will not be the case.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the next 48-72 hours – especially if Pedro is left out of Luis Enrique’s squad on Saturday against United.
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