Barcelona winger Pedro is free to leave the club this summer if his buyout clause is met, according to manager Luis Enrique.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, Enrique, who is in the US with his side on pre-season, has admitted that he has spoken with the Spanish international about his future, and has admitted that he could yet move on before the close of the transfer window.
In fact, the manager of the Catalans has insisted that Pedro will have the final decision over his long term future in the game.
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Pedro, despite struggling for opportunities at the La Liga giants, is still recognised as one of the leading forward players in Europe, so it looks set to be an interesting couple of weeks for the player.
Unsurprisingly, a number of clubs have been credited with interest in him, with the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea seemingly interested in landing him in the near future.
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It's far from certain, however, as to whether either club will step up their interest in the wide-man, who reportedly has a release clause of £22 million.
Enrique, then, has admitted that the player could be on his way out of the Nou Camp sooner rather than later, as he told reporters: “I’ve said that if Pedro goes it will be when someone has paid his clause. If that doesn’t happen, it will be difficult.
“I have spoken with Pedro. I told him what I think and he told me what he thinks. When the player makes a decision something will happen. The decision belongs to Pedro.”
£22m is a bargain
It's not everyday, in this current climate, that a player of the quality of Pedro becomes available for just £22m. There's no way either of Manchester United or Chelsea should overlook the talented winger, and must surely battle for his signature.
He'd improve both club: Manchester United, who look set to return to Europe's elite competition next term, may well already have an array of attacking talent at the club, but Louis van Gaal will be well aware that he needs a great deal of options at his disposal if his side are serious about competing for silverware on all fronts.
And with Angel di Maria clearly struggling in Manchester, Pedro would certainly soften the blow, if the Argentine was to make an early exit from the Theatre of Dreams.
Chelsea are in a similar position to United...the Blues have Juan Cuadrado, who, too, struggled in his debut Premier League season, so they may well look to improve out-wide.
Pedro, then, has to be the man the two clubs fight for. At 27-years of age, he's entering the prime of his career and is a gamble worth taking for the big boys.
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