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Pedro has decided to leave Barcelona this summer

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Pedro has decided to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, offering hope to Arsenal and Liverpool of signing the Spain international this summer.

This is according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who claim Pedro has come to the conclusion that he faces another season of frustration if he stays at the Camp Nou because of the intense competition for first-team places.

Pedro has often found himself on the substitutes bench this season, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez the preferred attacking triumvirate of head coach Luis Enrique.

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Pedro to inform club at end of season

The 27-year-old is keen not to cause any disruption heading into the final weeks of the season and will subsequently avoid telling the club of his decision until the end of the campaign.

He told reporters earlier this week that he was still considering his options, but Marca are convinced Pedro has reached a final decision having made just 13 La Liga starts this season.

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Barcelona may opt to keep Pedro

However, whether Barcelona agree to sell Pedro this summer is another matter entirely.

The versatile forward will only have 12 months left to run on his Barcelona contract this summer, but the Catalan giants are prohibited from signing any new players - and subsequently a potential replacement for Pedro - until January 2016.

With Xavi and Dani Alves set to leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of the season, Barcelona might be reluctant to lose yet another experienced member of the first-team squad.

But because of his years of loyal service - and the fact he is a respected and likeable figure at the club - Barcelona may agree to his demands, as long as they receive a satisfactory offer.

Barcelona have potential Pedro replacements

Furthermore, Enrique has three young and talented attack-minded players who could replace Pedro next season.

Munir El-Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez and Adama Traore all have the potential to become household names at Barcelona over the forthcoming years.

Arsenal or Liverpool move possible

So, where next for Pedro?

If Barcelona do decide to sell this summer, his next destination is likely to be the Premier League.

Arsenal and Liverpool are both interested, while reports last month claimed Manchester United were open to the idea of swapping Angel di Maria for the underrated Barcelona star.

That potential transfer seems somewhat far-fetched, but a move to either the Emirates Stadium or Anfield is certainly possible.

Which club will Pedro join this summer - or will he stay at Barcelona? Have your say in the comments below!

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