Manchester United are reportedly close to completing a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro in the coming days, with the player expected to fly out to England after the La Liga champions' Uefa Super Cup clash against Sevilla on 11 August, according to Spanish publication Marca.
The Red Devils have been on the trail of the Spaniard for over a month, with Goal.com suggesting that a deal is imminent. Pedro is said to be keen to make a move to the Premier League, and the report claims that the only reason for him wanting the move is to get regular playing time.
The Spanish international has struggled to dislodge the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, who have formed a brilliant understanding, and despite making 33 appearances in the La Liga last season, the Tenerife born player managed the full 90 minutes on just eight occasions.
His former club's president has indicated that the forward has already told his friends and family regarding his impending departure, but will only be allowed to do so if the 20-time English champions match the Catalans' €30m (£21.2m, $33m) valuation.
Barcelona are reluctant to let Pedro leave this summer, especially due to the transfer embargo imposed on them until January 2016, but with the player keen to leave, the club's technical director Robert Fernandez has made it clear that any interested club will have to meet their valuation.
However, Barcelona is adamant that he remain with them until the Uefa Super Cup clash, and according to Sport, the game against Sevilla on 11 August will be Pedro's last before he travels to Manchester to finalise his move.
Louis van Gaal is keen to add more firepower to his forward line following the departure of Di Maria, and has indicated that United could make two more signings before the end of the transfer window, and one of them will be a replacement for the Argentine, and will be a player with speed and creativity.