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Pedro a fine catch for Europe's elite

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With rumours that Pedro could be on his way out of the Camp Nou, and on his way to England mounting let's look at just what Barcelona could be missing and what someone else can expect from the Spaniard.

With the attacking trio of, Luis Suarez, Neymar and of course, Lionel Messi understandably first choice in Spain's north east region, you can see why Pedro's has struggled for starts recently.

20 appearances from the bench last season show he is one of the first-choice substitutes without a doubt, and there are no signs this will change.

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Coupled with those substitute appearance were 15 starts last term, bringing Pedro a very healthy, six goals and six assists in La Liga, and two of his last three full 90 minute games consisted of a goal; and an assist in the title-clinching game at Atletico in May.

Throw in three assists in four champions league starts and again he proves he still has a lot to offer a top table European club.

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Release clauses in Spain are famously high to deter players being pinched for peanuts.

If the rumours are to be believed then Pedro has a release clause of a mere 22 million Euros. With, the spending power in the Premier League as strong as ever, Juventus also looking to improve after a very successful campaign in 2014/15 and now flush with the money from the Vidal move to Bayern Munich, PSG are always looking for a marque player, you could expect Pedro's agent to be a busy man should the player start getting itchy feet.

At 27, he is moving into what many will call his prime playing years and he wont want to waste them warming the Catalan bench, harming his international prospects in the process and potentially missing out on one last big payday.

Someone with his pace and ball control, eye for a pass, experience at the highest level and medal collection, would be a valuable asset for any team with aspirations of the Champions League latter stages.

All that remains to be seen is whether Pedro will stick to being a sub, or twist, and see if the grass is actually greener in a first eleven.

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