Barcelona outcast Pedro has placed Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert after confirming he is finding his current situation difficult to deal with.
The 27-year-old has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp and was once a highly valued player. But the arrivals of Neymar and Luis Suarez have pushed him out of the first team picture.
As a result, Pedro has grown discontented with life under Luis Enrique and has been linked with a move away this summer. He has a release clause of £150million, but the latest reports suggest Barcelona could let him leave for just ten per cent of that.
Just in case we were not sure of Pedro's unhappiness with the La Liga club, he has served to remind us in his latest interview.
"When you have [only] a few minutes, it is difficult to find the rhythm," he is quoted by talkSPORT as saying. "I'm living a difficult situation at Barcelona."
Those comments would have alerted a number of Premier League outfits including both Arsenal and Liverpool. They have long been linked with a move for the Spain international with Brendan Rodgers appearing favourite to land his signature this summer.
Barcelona boss Enrique has suggested he could turn Pedro into a right-back if Dani Alves leaves this summer, but the winger would surely prefer to move onto pastures new, especially in the Premier League where he can earn the biggest wages.
Arsenal have the financial power to compete for Pedro's signature–proof of that lies in the £35m they spent to bring his former team-mate Alexis Sanchez to the club–but they may not have the space in their squad.
Arsene Wenger already enjoys an embarrassment of riches in the wide-attacking areas. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Sanchez and Serge Gnabry are all competing for places while Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell could return to the club this summer and further bolster Arsenal's attacking roster.
It is hard to see Arsenal blowing a large amount of money on a player who will do little to improve their current options and it is hard to see Pedro leave Barcelona for a team where he will have similar issues to the ones he is currently struggling with.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are crying out for a quality wide forward to take the goal-scoring responsibility from Daniel Sturridge's shoulders. The Reds have struggled for goals this season and that has been put down to the loss of Luis Suarez and the injury problems of Sturridge.
Pedro would be an excellent signing for Liverpool, but it is likely they will need Champions League football to coax him to Anfield. Ironically, it could be Arsenal who stop them when they face each other in a crunch Premier League clash this Saturday.
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