Liverpool are ready to battle Manchester United in the race to sign Barcelona winger Pedro.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, the Merseyside outfit are interested in bringing the talented wide-man to Anfield in the summer transfer window, but will have to battle rivals Manchester United, who have been heavily linked with the player in recent time.
Pedro, of course, has endured a tricky time at the Nou Camp over the last few years, having failed to hold down a permanent position in the side.
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Unsurprisingly, with the trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ahead of him in the pecking order at the club, he's spent a great deal of time on the bench, and is now seemingly on the lookout for first-team football.
Liverpool and Manchester United, who have been two of the most busiest sides in England throughout the course of this transfer window, could yet bid for the player in the coming weeks, as the saga involving the player's long-term future in the game continues to rumble on.
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Ultimately, with a £22 million buyout clause in his contract at the Catalans, Pedro would prove a remarkable coup for either club, who will be looking to improve on last season.
Who needs him more?
There's an argument that both sides are desperately in need of the player's services, but for different reasons.
Let's start with Liverpool, who have just purchased Christian Benteke from Aston Villa. Much like last summer, Brendan Rodgers has spent big once again, but if he could persuade Pedro to join the club's ranks, then it would potentially prove the club's biggest signing of the summer.
Pedro would be the star name the fans are desperate to see arrive through the gates of Anfield. After the departures of Luis Suarez and more recently Raheem Sterling, the Barcelona man may well be the player Rodgers needs to act as his talisman.
Manchester United, on the other hand, already have a number of big names at the club, but perhaps Pedro could replace Angel di Maria, who is clearly struggling with the demands of English football.
Van Gaal is clearly doing his upmost to build a team at Old Trafford, and Pedro would most definitely help him do just that. His class and quality is undeniable and there shouldn't be a problem with him settling to life in England.
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