FC Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez has confirmed that Pedro has asked to leave the Catalan club, but the price is still set at $33 million.
Goal.com reports that Pedro, who was not named in the starting lineup for Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup meeting against Sevilla on Tuesday, has asked permission to leave the club.
“Pedro asked us for the transfer,” Fernandez said. “We are not going to accept less than €30 million for him, it’s not negotiable.”
Pedro, 28, has been linked to a move to Manchester United for large part of the summer transfer window, but it remains to be seen if the clubs can work something out. With Angel Di Maria leaving United for Paris Saint-Germain, there is room in the United squad and there’s plenty of money left in the bank despite United investing heavily this summer.
Pedro has won five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles during his time at Barcelona. He also has 51 caps with the Spanish national team and was part of the World Cup winning side in 2010 and the European Championship squad in 2012.
Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov warned Pedro from joining United as he believes that manager Louis van Gaal is “destroying” the team. Stoichkov spoke with Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“If he goes there he would no longer be a footballer,” Stoichkov said. “”He [van Gaal] destroys clubs, he did it with Barcelona, and after they take years to build.
“He has spent £200m and the other day I saw his first game of the season. Disastrous. He won 1-0 because of an own goal.”