Manchester United and Arsenal are set to rekindle their interest in Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez, and will fight for his services as both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger see him as the perfect purchase.
That’s according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, who claim that both Premier League giants remain firmly in the hunt for Pedro, despite the fact that both have been linked with Alexis Sanchez in recent weeks. It’s thought that Liverpool no longer harbour an interest in taking on the 26-year-old as they plan on getting Sanchez themselves, but both Wenger and Van Gaal are expected to move for him.
The winger has found it difficult to thrive at Barcelona since the departure of Pep Guardiola in 2012, and is now tipped to find it increasingly hard to earn a spot in the first-team thanks to Luis Enrique’s decision to conduct a squad revamp. Of course that wouldn’t be the case at either United or Arsenal, with both sides desperate to bring in attacking talent ahead of the new season.
At United the lack of creativity is a particularly glaring problem, and Van Gaal is seeking to address that by bringing in big-name playmakers this summer. Pedro certainly falls into that category, and the Dutchman will be boosted by the speculation coming from Mundo, which states in no uncertain terms that Barca would one hundred percent accept offers for him.
ABILITY TO ADAPT
There will of course be question marks over Pedro’s ability to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League given his slight frame and the fact that he is unproven outside of La Liga. As a wide man he brings pace and guile to the table, but it will be interesting to see whether or not he can evolve to the English way of playing were he to make a switch to either Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium.
Pedro’s proposed move away from the Nou Camp could well hinge on whether or not Barca can get their hands on Luis Suarez, with certain reports claiming that the Uruguayan is their top transfer priority moving forward. A trio of Neymar, Suarez and Lionel Messi would all but completely negate the need for Pedro to stay with the former La Liga champions, and he would surely know that his game-time would further suffer if he stayed.