Manchester United urged to complete Pedro signing before Monday

Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez has been strongly linked with a move from the Camp Nou to Old Trafford.

Along with bolstering their attacking options before the transfer window slams shut, there's another good reason for Manchester United to step up their move for Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Conscious that the Red Devils must navigate a potentially tricky Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge, the Catalan sports outlet has highlighted that if Manchester United want Pedro to be available for both games against the Belgian side, they must sign and register the 28-year-old by Monday.

Of course, even if the signing of Pedro doesn't arrive until after Monday, should Manchester United safely progress to the group stages of the elite European competition, he'll be available for that stage of the Champions League tournament.

However, despite various reports from English outlets claiming a deal has been struck between the two clubs, no such agreement has yet been reached claim Mundo Deportivo, who insist that Barcelona are still holding out for their valuation of €30 million, which United haven't committed to thus far.

Additionally, it is also believed that Barcelona aren't in any particular hurry at the moment to sell Pedro, who is expected to feature in next Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup encounter with Sevilla in Tblisi, Georgia.

Current speculation suggests that if or when a deal is struck for Pedro, the potential replacement Barcelona have in mind is former La Masia youth product, Nolito, who currently plays for Celta Vigo.

Often linked with a return to the Camp Nou, particularly since Luis Enrique left his post with the Galician side and went on to lead Barcelona to the treble last season, Nolito is considered a natural replacement for Pedro, despite also being 28-years-old.

Nevertheless, even if Barcelona were to sell Pedro to Manchester United over the coming days and immediately move for Nolito, he wouldn't be able to play until January 2016, due to the FIFA transfer ban.

Such is the situation for summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, who both have to wait until the start of next year, until they can be officially registered in the Barcelona squad.

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