Arsenal prepare offer for Pedro

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Arsenal are poised to submit a £24 million offer for Barcelona’s out-of-favour forward Pedro when the transfer window re-opens this summer.

This is according to Tony Banks of the Express, who has exclusively revealed that Arsenal are likely to make the first move for the Spain international once the season ends.

Pedro has reportedly made up his mind to leave the Camp Nou this summer, due to a lack of first-team football under the current Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, and the Premier League could be his preferred destination.

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It’s understood that Italian giants Inter Milan are strongly keen to sign the 27-year-old, who played a key role in the legendary Pep Guardiola-managed Barcelona side of 2008-2012, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested.

But Arsenal, who made an enquiry for Pedro last year, are likely to be at the front of the queue - particularly if Theo Walcott’s contractual situation continues to stall.

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Arsenal could cash-in on Walcott

Walcott has only been selected sporadically by Arsene Wenger since returning from his lengthy injury lay-off at the beginning of the year and there’s a chance, with his contract set to expire next summer, Arsenal may opt to cash-in on the England international over the forthcoming months.

Arsenal were linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling several weeks ago, but it’s claimed Wenger was put off from making a move for the 20-year-old winger due to his recent suspect behaviour.

Pedro is hugely underrated

Pedro, though, is a model professional who simply wants to play football. He was informed by Barcelona that he would have opportunities at the Camp Nou this season and subsequently made the decision to stay put.

However, he has only made 13 La Liga starts this term, thanks in part to the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool.

Barcelona’s three-pronged attack comprised of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez is arguably the strongest on the planet - but it has knocked the hard-working and willing Pedro down the pecking order.

Pedro must choose next club carefully

Pedro must choose his next club wisely; he must find a club where guaranteed first-team football is on offer - so, in that respect, is Arsenal really the ideal next club?

Wenger has plenty of attacking options at his disposal, as is evident by Walcott’s failure to break back into the Gunners’ starting line-up.

Pedro may encounter similar problems at the Emirates Stadium, although this is a player who would certainly be a huge asset for Arsenal.

The Barcelona No. 7 is one of European football’s most underrated attackers, having scored 97 goals in 310 appearances for the Catalan giants, and would be a shrewd signing for any top club chasing silverware.

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