Manchester City will make a move for Manchester United target Pedro Rodriguez if they fail to acquire the signature of Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg this summer, according to the Mirror.
Pedro has been heavily linked with their local arch rivals Manchester United and after the departure of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, the rumours got pace.
The 28 year old Spaniard, who won every possible trophy for his club and country, does not see himself as a regular starter at Camp Nou with the presence of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and wants to move to get regular playing time.
United are the frontrunners for his signature, but the Guardian reports that the player is reconsidering his decision to move to Old Trafford, owing to reservations over Louis van Gaal’s managerial style after the Dutchman blanked out former teammate Victor Valdes due to allegations over his refusal to play for the reserves. The former Barcelona man repudiated the claims but has never made an appearance in a United shirt since.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that City have made a £50m ($78m) bid for De Bruyne, but are still £7m ($11m) short of Wolfsburg’s valuation, who are unwilling to sell this summer. The 2013/14 Champions have already signed Raheem Sterling for a reported £49m ($77m) fee and Manuel Pellgrini believes he needs one more signing to make a proper title push this season.
The Belgian remains their top priority, but Pellegrini is willing to make a move for Pedro if the transfer falls through, giving United something to worry about, with the transfer window drawing to a close.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were also interested in the Barcelona star but their interest cooled down later.
So, we may be able to see the two Manchester giants going head to head for the signing of the World Cup winner and Euro Cup winner.