Barcelona forward Pedro admits he is finding it increasingly difficult to force his way into the first team at the Camp Nou following big-money arrivals and promotions from the Catalan giants' youth team. The Spain international's comments are likely to come as a boost to both Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who are reportedly keen to sign the 27-year-old.
Speaking in front of the Spanish press earlier this week, Pedro told reporters when asked about nailing down a starting role: “It’s difficult. All I want to do is work hard. It’s difficult to get into the starting 11 because I’m competing with the best forwards in the world but I’m fighting for my place every day.
"The important thing is to do my job and let the boss decide.”
Pedro set to lose place to Suarez
Pedro was used as a second-half substitute by new Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique for the season-opener against Elche, but started both match against Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
However, he has failed to open his account for the new campaign, and is mindful of the fact that Barcelona's record signing Luis Suarez will be one of the first names on the team-sheet at the Camp Nou when he returns from his ban next month.
Pedro will almost certainly lose his starting position to the Uruguay international, who Barcelona paid £75 million to sign from Liverpool earlier this summer - and this may encourage him to seek a surprise exit in January.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus all keen
As well as Arsenal and Liverpool, it's also believed that Serie A champions Juventus are keen to sign the Spaniard, who has won a remarkable 15 trophies since making his breakthrough into the Barcelona first team back in 2008.
Juve have turned their attention to Pedro after learning that Manchester United have no plans to sell Spanish playmaker Juan Mata when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Pedro could decide to leave in January
The Barcelona forward scored 19 goals in 54 appearances last season, but his chances to shine will become limited as the season progresses.
Not only does he face fierce competition for a first-team place from Suarez, but also 19-year-old Munir El-Haddadi, who made his debut for the Spanish national team earlier this month.
Much could change between now and the New Year, and a sustained period of time on the bench may convince Pedro - who is valued at £20 million - to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window and continue his career elsewhere.