Manchester United linked to 13-goal Barcelona ace - What's his crossing like?

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Manchester United remain interested in Pedro claim the Spanish press.

Manchester United have been linked once again with a sensational move to sign Pedro from Barcelona, a player with a £125 million release clause in his contract.

While clearly if a deal would be struck it would have to be far, far, below that value, he is a player whose importance to Barcelona is borne out by his consistent goalscoring.

In 19 starts this season he has 13 goals, and a further six assists to his credit.

Spanish daily AS wrote yesterday that Pedro is an 'objective' of United, as he enjoys one of his best seasons in a Barcelona shirt to date.

Pedro's name will be etched in the minds of United supporters, after his opening goal in the 2011 Champions League Final against the Red Devils in Barcelona's 3-1 win.

His industrious nature would also make him a good fit for United on the right, and a far more potent threat attacking-wise than Antonio Valencia.

But here's the big question likely to relate to any United-linked attacker until the team demonstrate a fresh tactical approach, what's his crossing like?

This season, he has completed 14 of 36 attempts, a total of 38 per cent, a better ratio than any Manchester United midfielder barring Ryan Giggs.

The Spanish international would surely be a dream signing for United, at 26 an ideal age for them - but it will take some convincing to get him to part from Barcelona, and for the club to convince selling him.

That's not to suggest United, won't try: They spent weeks chasing Cesc Fabregas last summer, but if they go after Pedro, they need to learn from that mistake - if they are knocked back, quickly move onto the next target.

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