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Spain star’s lack of certainty should have Man Utd chomping

| 06.06.2014

The potential break-up of Barcelona’s trophy-shy ensemble of 2013/14 looks to be gathering pace as Spanish trickster Pedro hinted he could be following Cesc Fabregas out of the Camp Nou’s rear door.

Speaking in a press conference before Spain’s last World Cup warm-up match v El Salvador, the fleet-footed forward admitted he was uncertain about his Barcelona future.

“I do not know what happened with my future,” said Pedro. “Today I know nothing, I’m quiet because I’m focused on World Cup selection.”

These sorts of comments are bound to grasp the attentions of Europe’s top clubs, not least those of Manchester United, who’ve long been thought to harbour designs on the world and double European championship winner.

Despite the transfer window being in its infancy, United’s hierarchy and fans alike will have a foreboding sense of déjà vous that many of the top names to be linked with transfers already appear to be slipping through their fingers.

Long-term target Toni Kroos looks to have dug his heels in at Bayern Munich alongside Thomas Muller, while courting Pedro’s teammate Fabregas for a second time is set to end in another snub.

Most reports regarding the former Gunner now have Fabregas edging ever closer to a Chelsea switch, for a figure in the region of £27m.

Being able to land Pedro, who is pretty much at the peak of his powers at 26, would be a massive statement, although it’s likely Louis van Gaal and co will have to wait until the World Cup has concluded to make their move.

Pedro’s performances in the wide forward position, from where he’s notched 16 goals for club and country this season, should have a big baring on the 6/1-rated chances of Spain retaining their world crown.

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Christian Crowther

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