Manchester United Transfer News Saturday 18 July

Pedro Is Manchester United Transfer Target

Pedro Manchester United transfer newsManchester United are being linked with a £22million move for Barcelona striker Pedro, but all bets about his future could be off by the time the weekend is over.

Pedro, 27, has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp since the arrival last summer of Luis Suarez from Liverpool. The Spain international started only 15 Liga games last term compared to 23 the season before while his playing time dropped from 2361 minutes to 1529. He scored only six goals compared to 15 in 2013-14.

The Daily Mirror claims United boss Louis van Gaal has turned his attentions to Pedro after turning down the option to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis and selling Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce. The paper adds no concrete evidence of the link with the striker hence it must be regarded as sheer speculation on the Mirror’s part.

Pedro only signed a new deal at the Nou Camp earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the subject of speculation over interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain who at one stage seemed favourites to sign him.

Chelsea were also linked on Friday but the prospect of a move anywhere could be at an end by Sunday. The Barcelona presidential election takes place over the weekend. A victory for incumbent president Joan Laporta will end all speculation. Laporta wants Pedro to stay and will put a block on any move for the striker.

Hammers Knocked Back In Hernandez Bid

West Ham United have been told that Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is not for sale. The Mexico international has been linked with a permanent move away from Old Trafford having spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, but an enquiry from the Hammers has been rebuffed by United.

The news comes as a surprise given that Hernandez has been told he has no future under Louis van Gaal, but with two strikers out and none in so far it appears to be a numbers game for United. If the Red Devils recruit some new faces up front then Hernandez could still leave the club before the transfer window closes at the beginning of September.

No Go For De Gea or Ramos

David De Gea and Sergio Ramos both look set to remain with their respective clubs.

United are refusing to sanction the sale of goalkeeper De Gea to Real Madrid. The La Liga side’s new coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday that Ramos is staying at the Bernabeu.

The two transfers are now deadlocked and it looks more likely that neither will be sold this summer. Real signed Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla on Friday for a fee of £4.8million. They appear to have given up on De Gea and are now likely to wait until next summer when his contract expires before making a fresh move.

Ramos is staying at the Bernabeu and United are expected to make a move for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi. A meeting takes place between Valencia owner Peter Lim, club president Lay Hoon Chan and coach Nuno Espirito Santo at which Otamendi’s future will be discussed. The Argentine remains in his home country having refused to travel to Spain for the La Liga side’s kit launch on Friday.

Valencia want £35.5million. United are offering £25million, but Otamendi is determined to force through a move.