Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has insisted he hopes "top player" Pedro Rodriguez stays at the Camp Nou next season despite recent reports in Spain claiming the midfielder is on the verge of completing his move to Manchester United.
The 28-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the current transfer window as the player admitted his uncertain future at Barcelona after seen his playing time restricted last season due to the presence of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the attacking positions.
The Spain international is keen on a move to the Premier League and his former club's president confirmed at the start of August that the player has already informed his family and friends about his imminent move to England.
Spanish newspaper Sport reported earlier this week that his move to United could be sorted in "a matter of hours" as club executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was expected to meet with Barcelona officials on Tuesday 4 August to "give the final push" to his move to Old Trafford.
Sport later reported that the Premier League giants have submitted an official bid of £19m ($29.6m) to secure the deal and that, despite Barcelona holding out for £21m, the final deal could be closed in the middle of those figures plus a fee on add-ons.
However, Enrique has now insisted he still hopes the winger stays at the Camp Nou but once again admits he will be unable to stop his departure should the player decide to move away.
"Pedro is a top player and I hope he stays but it will be his decision," the manager was quoted by quoted by AS, while speaking in a press conference ahead of a pre-season game against Roma. "There will be no new signings and players will only leave if they wish to go. As of today, there is nothing new on that front".
United manager Louis van Gaal has already made five additions to his squad during the summer transfer window in Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, while also signing goalkeeper Sergio Romero. But the Dutch boss recently told the Daily Mail his side still needs to address the lack of speed up front, especially considering Angel Di Maria is expected to leave the club to join Paris Saint-Germain.