Ed Woodward unable to agree United deal with Barça for Pedro

Barcelona have stuck to their guns, insisting Manchester United pay their full valuation for the Spanish forward.

Manchester United continued their pursuit of Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez on Monday, as chief executive Ed Woodward sought to close a deal with the Catalan club.

According to Mundo Deportivo, a meeting was held during the afternoon with Barcelona executives, Albert Soler and Raul Sanllehi. The report states: "Barcelona conveyed verbally what they already had various weeks ago; that the club remains steadfast on receiving the release clause valuation of €30 million."

Subsequently it is reported: "Woodward has tried without success to convince Barcelona, with his formula of €25 million fixed, plus €5 million in variables."

In addition, Mundo Deportivo highlighted: "The offer from City is superior at €30 million plus €2 million in variables."

Representatives of Pedro are now apparently waiting for details of the meeting, because after these latest negotiations between the clubs failed to reach a resolution, expected talks between Manchester United and the player are now on hold.

Having already missed out on the prospect of signing Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia, at the moment it seems United are facing another battle with City, this time for Pedro. Indeed, if they don't match the demands of Barcelona, they could lose out again to their fierce local rivals.

The future of Pedro therefore remains in limbo. Following the UEFA Super Cup, he hinted at staying with Barça, despite the links with Manchester United. Likewise, manager Luis Enrique and club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, have both staunchly backed the 28-year-old to remain at the Camp Nou.

Earlier on Monday, whilst reporting on the visit of Woodward to Catalunya, the Daily Mail suggested the United supremo would stay for the Spanish Supercopa second-leg at the Camp Nou. This presenting an opportunity to take a look at Athletic Club defender, Aymeric Laporte, who has frequently been linked with the Red Devils.

However, Woodward and his entourage from Old Trafford departed swiftly shortly after their meeting, therefore didn't stay to watch the game, or to view the Basque defender in action.

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