• Ed Woodward is in Spain to try and tie up the signing of Pedro
  • The Manchester United chief flew to Catalunya on Monday
  • The club will look to complete a £22m deal despite interest from Chelsea
  • Barcelona take on Athletic Bilbao in second leg of Spanish Super Cup 

Ian Ladyman for MailOnline

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is in Barcelona to try and tie up the £22m transfer of Spanish international Pedro.

Woodward flew to Catalunya ahead of Monday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg between Barcelona and Atletico Bilbao at the Nou Camp.

It is understood that the Old Trafford chief hopes to take significant steps towards concluding a deal that has been slowed down by ongoing interest from Chelsea. 

Manchester United's chief executive has flown to Barcelona to complete the signing of Pedro (centre) 

Manchester United’s chief executive has flown to Barcelona to complete the signing of Pedro (centre) 

Pedro, in action against Bilbao on Friday in the Spanish Super Cup, wants to leave the Nou Camp 

Pedro, in action against Bilbao on Friday in the Spanish Super Cup, wants to leave the Nou Camp 

The Spanish winger in training at Barcelona's Joan Gamper base over the weekend

The Spanish winger in training at Barcelona’s Joan Gamper base over the weekend

Though United manager Louis van Gaal is known to have slight reservations about Pedro’s pace, the Barclays Premier League club are still keen on the deal as they look to add attacking reinforcements to their squad this season.

Pedro wants to leave Barcelona as he has become frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities. Barcelona, meanwhile, have a mountain to climb on the field tonight after losing the first leg of this match 4-0 last week. 

Pedro scored the winner in extra time in last week's European Super Cup against Sevilla

Pedro scored the winner in extra time in last week’s European Super Cup against Sevilla

The 28-year-old came off the bench in Tbilisi to score the winner after telling the club he wants to leave

The 28-year-old came off the bench in Tbilisi to score the winner after telling the club he wants to leave

Pedro pictured with the European Super Cup
Pedro pictured with the European Super Cup

Pedro, pictured with the European Super Cup, has won multiple La Ligas and Champions Leagues in Spain

Woodward will also take the opportunity to watch Bilbao’s French central defender Aymeric Laporte.

United do not have a central defender high on their list of priorities despite the fact that early summer target Sergio Ramos committed himself to a new deal at Real Madrid today. However Laporte is highly rated and United continue to have an interest in the 20-year-old, despite a buy-out clause of £36.5m that was inserted in to a new contract in June.


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