Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Balague: Man City have entered the race to sign Pedro from Barcelona

Manchester City F.C. have made a bid of €30 million to sign Spain international forward Pedro from Barcelona.

Manchester City F.C. have made a bid of €30 million to sign Spain international forward Pedro from Barcelona, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Pedro, who joined Barcelona’s youth team from local side CD San Isidro in 2004, has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United, but the Reds are now facing competition from City for the player’s signature.

“It’s quite clear Manchester United and Pedro have been speaking for a while,” Balague said.

“But Manchester City have intervened and are offering more money to Barcelona.

“What Barcelona is saying is ‘we don’t want you to go, but if anybody wants you they’ll have to pay the €30 million of your buyout clause’.

“At the moment, what we understand is that Manchester United are willing to go to €28 million plus another €2 million in variables, so they’re very close to it.

“But City is willing to pay – and this is a recent offer – €30 million plus another €2 million, so above the buyout clause.”

Pedro scored the extra-time winner for Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup and started the first leg of Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

However, Balague still expects the Spain international to leave the Camp Nou this summer.

“The player certainly has decided to leave Barcelona,” added Balague.

“It doesn’t matter what messages are coming from the squad, from the coach, from the club itself – he feels that he wants more minutes.

“He knows he won’t have that at Barcelona because of the quality of the front three. So now the decision is will it be United or City.”

N’jie joins Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of forward Clinton N’jie from Olympique Lyonnais on a five-year deal.

The Cameroon international, 22, becomes Spurs’ fourth summer signing following the arrivals of defenders Kevin Wimmer (1. FC Köln), Kieran Trippier (Burnley) and Toby Alderweireld (Atlético Madrid).

“I’m very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England,” Njie told the club’s official website. “I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge – the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.

“The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims. Like I said, I’m still learning and I’m here to give my best. I just hope I get the chance to give to the club what they are giving to me.”

N’jie scored seven goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon last season.

Tottenham are priced at 11/10 to achieve a top-6 finish in the Premier League in 2015/16.




Shawn Etemadi



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