Arsenal ready to open talks with Barcelona over Pedro transfer

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Arsenal want to open discussions with Barcelona over a potential deal for Pedro ahead of the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.

It is claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen to sign the £25 million-rated Pedro in the summer only to be told that new Barcelona coach Luis Enrique had decided to keep him at the Nou Camp. Instead, Wenger pursued Pedro's team-mate Alexis Sanchez, eventually signing him for £35 million.

Arsenal have retained an interest in Pedro, however, and are hoping that a January deal will be possible after the player reportedly handed in a transfer request. The Gunners want talks opened as soon as possible to make sure the deal can go through as soon as the winter window opens.

Transfer request

Interest in the 27-year-old spiked after it was reported that he had told Enrique to let him leave in the January transfer window. Pedro has been marginalised since the arrival of Neymar and looks to drop further into the background with the emergence of Munir.

Having been at Barcelona his whole career, a move now would seem a natural step for the forward, who has won everything on offer in Spanish football. A new challenge in the Premier League looks the best option with several clubs interested.

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Premier League interest

While joining former team-mate Sanchez at the Emirates will be of interest to Pedro, he may also have offers from both Liverpool and Manchester United. Both Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal have been linked with an interest in the recent past, but it does seem as though Arsenal are at the front of the queue.

However, Van Gaal has history with Pedro, having been in charge of Barcelona when the player was emerging from La Masia. Alternatively, Liverpool may be the only place where Pedro is guaranteed a starting spot.

Arsenal problems

While Arsenal are keen to buy Pedro, it remains a fact that Enrique is reluctant to sell. Barcelona are banned from buying players until January 2016, meaning they would not be able to replace Pedro regardless of the money received.

As a result, Enrique will be reluctant to entertain offers from north London. However, the return of Luis Suarez would make the loss of Pedro easier to bare.

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