Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has given the green light for Chelsea’s potential purchase of Pedro Rodriguez with his latest statement on the matter, according to The Sun.
The publication relayed quotes today made by the Spaniard which detail in no uncertain terms that he will not stand in the way of Pedro possibly departing the Nou Camp this summer.
Recent rumours have strongly inferred that Chelsea are interested in the winger, with it having been said that he had held talks with Jose Mourinho.
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Whilst that particular rumour was debunked by Pedro himself yesterday the fact remains that he is seen as a backup to the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and that alone is enough to fuel the fires of speculation.
Whilst admitting that he wasn’t keen to see Pedro leave the club, Enrique has now conceded that it won’t be his choice ultimately.
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Enrique won't stand in the way
“I don't want him to go, but there is a clause and if he wants to leave [he can]," Enrique said.
“I hope the relationship is not broken. It's up to him to decide.”
A frequently asked question is just where Pedro would fit into Mourinho’s system were he to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer. The 27-year-old is at his best when used in an advanced position, but at the moment Eden Hazard and Willian have control over those berths.
It could be that he would replace the latter of those two men - there’s virtually no chance of him pushing Hazard out the frame - but even then he’d have a hard task on his hands in securing a starting position every week.
On top of that there is the obvious risks that come with a player leaving a league he has played in for the entirety of his career to try his hand in the Premier League. The English game is notoriously difficult to adjust to and Pedro wouldn’t be the first to struggle if he made a transfer and had a hard time settling.
Indeed perhaps he should study Juan Cuadrado, who only arrived at Chelsea in January but is already been tipped for an exit due to the issues he’s had in trying to force his way into Mourinho’s plan. Ironically Pedro’s acquisition would all but ensure Mourinho sells Cuadrado, with the two occupying similar positions.
A good buy?
That all being said however the Barcelona man is available on the cheap thanks to the lowering of his release clause.
At £20million there’s few in the game who carry as much experience and flair as he does, so it could be that Mourinho tries to bring him to England simply as another quality player to have on the books.
Chelsea fans, what would Pedro bring to your squad? Let us know in the comments box below.