Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is ready to ignore Pedro's reported transfer request and block any move made for him in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star.
Pedro hit the headlines on Monday morning as several publications reported that he had privately handed Enrique a transfer request. Several Premier League clubs had shown an interest in the 26-year-old and it appears he was ready to force a January move.
However, with Barcelona banned from making transfers until 2016, Enrique does not want any unnecessary departures. He is ready to keep Pedro at the club, seemingly against his will, regardless of January offers.
Manchester United interest
It is bad news for Manchester United, who have been at the forefront of reports linking Pedro with a move to England. Louis van Gaal was part of the team that helped bring Pedro through Barcelona's famed academy and he had reportedly considered bringing the 27-year-old to Old Trafford.
With plenty of experience with winning major titles at Barcelona, Pedro would bring undoubted quality to Manchester United's attack. However, Manchester United were not the only big English club chasing the Spain international.
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Arsenal were a major rival to Manchester United in the race for Pedro. Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of the winger and it was reported that the player himself was keen to link up with Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates.
Sanchez left Barcelona to join the Gunners in the summer and has adapted his qualities to the English game excellently since then. There were, however, concerns as to where Pedro would fit in to Wenger's plans.
The Frenchman already has the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski to play on the wings and Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are returning to fitness after recovering from long-term injuries.
Key to Enrique's plans
It seems that Barcelona boss Enrique has taken Wenger's dilemma out of his hands after suggesting that Pedro was key to his plans over the next two years. The fact that he would not be able to replace Pedro should he be sold makes it vital that he stays at the Nou Camp.
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