Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to win the Premier League next season judging by the amount he is spending and the quality of players arriving at Old Trafford.
Pedro, the brilliant Barcelona attacking midfielder, is on the verge of signing with United, for around $30 million.
Van Gaal has already splashed out over $120 million on Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin so far this summer, as well as getting goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, returned to the U.S. to negotiate with Pedro’s agent ahead of the friendly with Barcelona in San Jose, which the Reds won 3-1 on Saturday.
The deal looks set to be confirmed by this weekend. Pedro, 27, has played 318 games for Barca, scoring 98 goals and played 51 times for Spain. He is frustrated by lack of game-time at Barca ahead of Euro 2016 next summer.
Pedro is resigned to not getting much playing time at Barca next season, because Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are the established front line and also three of the world’s best players.
Pedro sees moving to ambitious United as an ideal option to maintain his international career which has already seen him earn a World Cup winner’s medal and European Championship. He also has all the domestic and European honors through his long association with Barcelona.
Van Gaal sees Pedro as the ideal replacement for Angel Di Maria, who is expected to join Paris St. Germain for around $60 million.
Di Maria did not join the United squad for their U.S. tour, as his agent was negotiating with PSG to put the Argentinian midfielder out of his misery. He cost a British record $75 million a year ago,
The only stumbling point is that PSG only want to pay around $45 million for Di Maria, with United wanting $60 million.
Di Maria started at United impressively after arriving from Real Madrid, but his form quickly evaporated after becoming dispirited with van Gaal’s tactics and life in England.
An attempted break-in at his family home in Cheshire – while they were inside the property – also unsettled Di Maria and his wife, which reinforced their determination to leave England.