Manchester United set to trigger £22 million release clause for Barcelona’s Pedro [Guardian]

pedro scores vs man united in champions league final, july 2015

Manchester United are hoping to bolster their squad even further in this transfer window when they trigger the £22 million release clause for Barcelona attacker Pedro Rodriguez.

Louis van Gaal is eyeing up the Spanish forward because he thinks he would be an ideal component in his 4-3-3 formation for the coming season.

Pedro can operate across the frontline and it’s understood that this fluidity is the reason that Van Gaal wants to bring him to Old Trafford.

Although it has also been reported that Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in the player, the Guardian claims that he is ‘minded to join United’.

He only renewed his Barcelona contract last month, but lowered his release clause from £109m to £22m.

Since Luis Suarez’s arrival last summer, Pedro has struggled for game time under Luis Enrique. This is despite officially appearing in 50 games last season.

An accomplished attacker, Pedro has won the World Cup and European Championships with Spain. Since being permanently promoted to the Barcelona first team by Pep Guardiola in 2008, he’s made 318 appearances, scoring 98 goals.

United fans will remember Pedro scoring against them in the 2011 Champions League final which Barcelona won 3-1 at Wembley.

If the club manage to acquire the forward then they would look like a truly fearsome outfit for the coming season. They’ve already signed Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian.