We're reaching peak bullshit transfer time and things are starting to get tedious. Once you've seen Nico Gaitan's name linked with Man United for the 55th time in a single window, you know things will finally be over soon enough. Around this time, links get evermore tenuous as everyone awaits the sickly yellow tainted nonsense that is transfer deadline day.
However, after his starring role in Barcelona's Super Cup triumph last night, Pedro actually gave the world something concrete to talk about in terms of transfers. Earlier yesterday, Barca’s technical secretary, Robert Fernandez, confirmed that attacker wanted out of the Camp Nou.
Yet that stance is not exactly something that the player himself agreed with. After coming off the bench to grab the winner in the 5-4 extra win over Sevilla, Pedro was refreshingly frank with the awaiting media.
The sports director says I said I want out? He shouldn’t say that, I barely talked with him.
I talked with the president and others. This is a difficult situation for me, of course I wanted to start. I don’t know what will happen, but I will always be a Barça fan.
Do I want to leave? The answer is ‘no’, but my situation is difficult. It’s not about money, but about more playing time.
Despite his assertion that he doesn't really want to leave, it seems clear that Pedro is edging closer to the exit door. The only thing left may be for United to stump up the €30 million fee that Barca are looking for.