Pedro hands in transfer request to force Barcelona exit

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Barcelona winger Pedro has rocked the Catalan giants by handing in a formal transfer request, less than 48 hours after being dropped for the first El Clasico of the season.

Pedro was left out in favour of Luis Suarez as Barca went down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, a decision which has made the Spanish international's mind up to find a fresh challenge.

The Express reports that Arsenal are best placed to take advantage of the 27-year-old's growing frustration over his current predicament, but Manchester United have also tracked a proven performer at the highest level for some time.

Suarez debut could spell the end for Pedro

With new Barca boss Luis Enrique deciding to spend big on the banned Suarez the first two months of the season were always going to be crucial for Pedro, in his effort to hold down a regular starting spot.

Enrique's only started the rapid wide man in four of Barca's nine La Liga games so far this season though, which has forced the La Roja star to act as he approaches the final 18 months of his contract at the Camp Nou.

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£25 million asking price

Pedro's decision to voice his discontent over a peripheral role has no doubt been at least helped the swift transition made by former Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who found himself in a similar position last season and left for Chelsea.

Fabregas has flourished since returning to the Premier League and proved life after Barca can be pretty sweet under the right conditions, with Pedro now looking for something similar.

Arsenal continue to be the club most prominently linked with a formal offer for the £25 million-rated star, despite already possessing a plethora of attacking options including former Barca winger Alexis Sanchez.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has proved in the recent past he's no longer afraid to make concessions and splash the case on marquee stars, but it remains to be seen if he'd take the plunge on Pedro in the January transfer window.

Perfect fit for Man United?

Despite strong interest from Serie A giants Juventus it looks like Man United are Arsenal's main rivals for Pedro's signature.

United are crying out for the same invention, craft and pace shown by Angel di Maria on the left flank to be replicated on the right, attributes that Pedro would certainly be able to provide.

It's now upto either Wenger or Louis van Gaal to show their hand after Pedro made the first move, are they serious about adding a genuine difference maker to their ranks at a relatively affordable price, or will the Barca star be forced to stay and fight for his place until next summer at least?

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