By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United have finalised the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, Football Insider sources understand.
Senior United officials have clinched a deal for the Spain international following fresh talks with Barcelona on Monday.
The Premier League club have agreed to meet Pedro’s £22million release clause in talks led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Pedro has also agreed personal terms with United as the club act quickly to replace Angel Di Maria, who has joined Paris Saint-Germain for an initial £45million.
Barcelona are powerless to stop Pedro ending his long association with the club due to the buy-out clause inserted in the new contract he signed earlier this summer.
The Spain international has made it clear to friends that he wants to join United and link up with his countrymen Juan Mata, David de Gea and Ander Herrera.
United manager Louis van Gaal, who has spent £76million on five new signings so far this summer, has admitted he wants to “improve at least two positions” before the transfer window closes, with the Dutchman identifying a forward and an experienced centre-half as his two priority areas of reinforcement.
Pedro signed a four-year contract at Camp Nou in June, but it is understood that the player only committed to the new deal after negotiating a reduction in his buy-out clause from £110million to £22million.
Despite making a consistent contribution to Barcelona’s treble success last season, Pedro’s opportunities have been limited by the presence of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The Barcelona academy graduate, who can play in all three forward positions, has scored 98 goals in 318 appearances for the Catalan club as well as an impressive 16 in 50 international matches.