Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Pedro and Gareth Bale Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2015

FC Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez, left, kicks the ball as Memphis Depay defends during an International Champions Cup soccer match at Levi's Stadium, Saturday, June 25, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (Tomas Ovalle/AP Images for Relevent Sports)
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Angel Di Maria's imminent departure from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain looks set to accelerate talks over the Red Devils' potential purchase of Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez.

A long-rumoured target for United boss Louis van Gaal, Pedro may well be open to a switch away from the Camp Nou, as he has had limited game time of late due to the presence of forward trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, per the Sun's Mike McGrath.

Indeed, the 28-year-old Spaniard has apparently told friends and family he will join United this summer, but Barca will not let him leave until after August 11's UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, per the Manchester Evening News' Samuel Luckhurst.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reports that the Catalans will accept no less than Pedro's buyout clause, and United should be able to stump up enough cash:

Pedro could be a brilliant buy for United, as he has the pace, desire and goalscoring prowess to turn Van Gaal's attacking unit into a formidable force, per Bleacher Report's Andy Brassell:

While Di Maria is the better player, Pedro will arguably be a better fit in the Premier League and Van Gaal's system than the Argentinian proved to be last season, per football writer Miguel Delaney:

Furthermore, as noted by Luckhurst, the sale of Di Maria will free up around £795,000 a week from the wage bill at United, giving the Manchester outfit "enough funds to sign an eminent player like Gareth Bale."

The Welshman has long been linked with a move to United, and even if they sign Pedro, the Red Devils will reportedly push to sign Bale until the transfer window closes—and they are prepared to pay north of £80 million for him, per the Express' John Richardson.

Bale endured much criticism from fans last season for perceived underperformance, but it is unlikely Real would let one of their star players go this summer.

However, Bale has been a target for United for some time—they went in for him in 2013, when he eventually moved from Tottenham to Real—and rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

He would certainly be a box-office addition to Van Gaal's squad and could well be the man to propel them towards the Premier League title, but United would undoubtedly have to break the bank to sign Bale up.

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