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Manchester United's Pedro deal stalls as Sergio Ramos contract negotiation hits obstacle

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Manchester United are prevaricating over the fee for Barcelona's Pedro, while contract talks for Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid have hit a snag over wages.

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The Telegraph has a Mark Ogden article, saying that Louis van Gaal has to win a trophy this season. He doesn't, though it would certainly help to win the League Cup when it's available. He has the squad to mount a proper attack on it, at least. But second, or possibly third depending on the kind of title challenge he produces, would probably do for his penultimate year. You can read that here.

According to this writer, who's not known for his track record, United are unwilling to meet the release clause of Pedro. They want about £23 million, we want to pay £17 million. Take a look, it's literally readable.

In ESPNFC, there's a story that Manchester United target Sergio Ramos has rejected a contract offer worth £8.5 million a year, as he holds out for £10 million. You can read about that here. There's also a wide-ranging blog from Andy Mitten on United, which you should take a look at.

And lastly, Angel Di Maria has written an open letter, which you can read in the Daily Mail, and it is as guff as you'd imagine. Why bother?