Barcelona winger Pedro has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Camp Nou team-mates ahead of his imminent move to Manchester United.
The Spaniard has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, and a £22 million deal is now close to being agreed, per James Cambridge in the Express.
Indeed, Spanish outlet El Confidencial (h/t Jack Wilson in the Daily Star) claimed that Pedro has already bid farewell to his colleagues at the Catalan club that he joined as a youth player in 2004.
Per the Manchester Evening News' James Robson, United boss Louis van Gaal believes the 28-year-old Pedro could be very effective in his forward line alongside the likes of Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney:
No doubt the Dutchman is eager to see the World Cup winner confirm his move to Old Trafford as soon as possible.
However, Pedro will not be available for the Red Devils' Friday clash against Aston Villa—previewed below by Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe—as the "move is still days away from completion," with a fee yet to have been agreed upon, per El Confidencial (h/t Wilson).
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Having recently sold Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, Pedro will be a vital attacking addition to the United squad and will likely provide a substantial number of goals.
As former United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves noted, Pedro is good enough to demand a place in any top Premier League team, per BT Sport (h/t Cambridge):
He's one of those very unselfish wingers that can score goals and does a job for the team. You think about Chelsea, Manchester City, Man United—I think they could all do with him in a wide area. He's a super player. I think he would be a great player in the Premier League. He's going to be a great asset to any English team if they can sign him.
Following Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup triumph, Pedro denied wanting to leave Camp Nou, but admitted to being "very angry" at not starting against Sevilla, per TV3 (h/t Toni Juanmarti of Spanish newspaper Sport).
At United, Pedro will likely be given many more first-team opportunities, as the Red Devils are currently short on genuine goalscorers.
With the Pedro deal looking finally set to go through, United's pursuit of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos looks to be over once and for all.
Sid Lowe in the Guardian reports that centre-back Ramos is ready to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu, bringing to an end a transfer saga that has rumbled on all summer.
That leaves United in need of an experienced centre-back to bolster the defence and support the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
The Old Trafford outfit are running out of time and options in the transfer window, but they need to reinforce the defence if they are to make a tilt at the Premier League title this season.