Manchester City have entered the race for the acquisition of Manchester United target and Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez, according to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo.
Pedro struggled for first team action last season as Luis Enrique entrusted goalscoring duties to the forward trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi thereby reducing the Spaniard to sporadic league appearances.
He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in search of regular first team appearances, however, Barcelona have held on to their resolve of not selling the forward for below his release clause of €30m.
The negotiation talks between the Blaugrana and the Red Devils had been postponed until the conclusion of the European Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla that is scheduled to be played tomorrow in Tbilisi.
However, a dose of mumps for Neymar that has ruled him out of Barcelona’s upcoming European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup ties, and increased the likelihood of the Catalan club holding on to Pedro longer than tomorrow’s match.
And now, Manchester City have jumped in the fray for the Canary Islander in a bid to prise him from Manchester United’ grasp away to the Etihad Stadium.
Citizens’ sporting director Txiki Begiristain has contacted Barcelona hierarchy as well Pedro in order to convince him for a move to blue half of Manchester instead of the Red, it has been claimed.
Pedro was minded to go to Manchester United until Manchester City’s reported interest. Now, it remains to be seen where the forward eventually ends up before the transfer window closes.