Pedro has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks Getty

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said the Catalan side are yet to receive a formal offer for Pedro Rodriguez, despite reports in Spain that Manchester United have already launched a £19m ($29.6m) bid to secure the winger's services.

Louis van Gaal has earmarked the signing of the Spain international as a necessity, follow the additions of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin and goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the transfer window.

Pedro, meanwhile, is also understood to be keen on moving to Old Trafford after having falling behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in Luis Enrique's attack.

Spanish newspaper Sport stated that the Premier League outfit had launched an official bid and it could be a matter of hours before the move was finalised..

The Catalan-based newspaper added that although Barcelona were asking for £21m, the final fee would likely be £19m plus add-on fees to bring it up an extra £2m.

Local reports even suggested that Pedro's final minutes in a Barcelona shirt came in a friendly against Roma on 5 August, with supporters even appearing to bid the player farewell in the aftermath of the game.

But Bartomeu said after the game that Barca have received no offers as of yet and are still hopeful of keeping him at the club.

"We have yet to receive a formal offer for Pedro. As far as I know, Pedro isn't leaving," he said, as quoted by Sport.

"I hope he stays because he's a fundamental player for us and even more so this season when we're playing for six titles. We need the best players we can possibly have and we need his experience and quality."

Luis Enrique has previously said he wants Pedro to stay, admitting 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 said as quoted by AS. "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."