Man United ready to match £22m release clause for Di Maria replacement

Manchester United are ready to match Pedro Rodriguez’s £22million buy-out clause to sign him from Barcelona this summer, according to reports from the Mirror.

Pedro has been heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp in recent weeks following a campaign in which he struggled for regular first team football playing behind the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar in the pecking order.

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And although Chelsea were thought to be interested, it is United who look set to sign the Spain international after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held talks with Barca when the two sides faced each other in a pre-season friendly.

Woodward has thus flown back to England and is prepared to meet Pedro’s release clause and hopefully complete a deal before the season kicks off on the 8th of August.

The 27-year-old will be seen as a direct replacement for Angel di Maria, who is close to sealing a move to Paris Saint-Germain.