Head coach of Barcelona FC, Luis Enrique, hopes that speculation surrounding Pedro Rodriguez’s future at Barcelona is finally put to bed, as the striker continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.
Latest reports claim that United are willing to meet Pedro’s £22m buy-out clause as they look to close the gap left in their attacking lineup following the departure of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup clash with Sevilla, Enrique said he expects speculation surrounding the Spaniard’s future ends “soon.”
“I would have liked to have all the players available all season,” said the Asturian boss. “Now there is too much talk about Pedro.
“The solution will come soon because the transfer market closes soon.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has urged the 28-year-old to ignore the Red Devils’ interest because he will be better off staying at the Camp Nou.
Stoikhov, who played under Van Gaal at Barcelona in the late 1990s, has described the 64-year-old Dutch manager as a ‘mediocre’ and said he would destroy Man United.
“I would never be under the orders of (Louis) Van Gaal. He’s mediocre. He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man United,” the Bulgarian is quoted as saying via the Independent to Marca.
“With what he has done to (Victor) Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and say ‘I’m staying in Barcelona.
“I would never leave if I was Pedro, never, because if he goes there he is just another player.”
United kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. They are take on Aston Villa on Friday in their next match.