Begiristain keen to gazump Manchester United move for Pedro

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Manchester City have reportedly made enquiries about the Spanish international.

Just when Manchester United seemed favourites to clinch a deal for Pedro Rodriguez, it appears that Manchester City are also interested and could potentially weigh in with a formal approach of their own.

According to Mundo Deportivo, enquiries have been made by Txiki Begiristain, who has reportedly been in touch with Barcelona, plus the 28-year-old forward and his representatives.

"Manchester City, over recent days, have been meddling in the negotiations of Pedro with Manchester United." The words chosen by Mundo Deportivo to highlight the rival interest.

Keen to keep abreast of how advanced negotiations are with Manchester United, the Catalan outlet suggests that Begiristain and Manchester City are seriously considering Pedro as an option to reinforce their attack, following the sale of Edin Dzeko to Roma.

However, it is also acknowledged that Pedro may just be one of a number of potential targets for City, given they may eventually look for a more physical option than the Spaniard, as a more direct replacement for the departed Bosnian centre-forward.

United have yet to bid the full asking price for Pedro, as Barcelona hold out for their valuation of €30 million, plus they're in no rush to sell. Neymar is currently sidelined with the mumps, which means Pedro is likely to start in the UEFA Super Cup and both legs of the Spanish Super Cup.

Whilst it is believed that in principal, Pedro favours a move to Old Trafford, if firm enquiries from City have indeed been made, Barcelona will have extra leverage to demand the Red Devils match their valuation of the player, if a deal is to be struck before the transfer window closes.

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