Barcelona have discussed the possibility of launching a bid for Arsenal star Theo Walcott as they look to replace Pedro Rodriguez, reports The Mail.
The Catalan giants were forced to sell the dynamic attacker to Chelsea after Jose Mourinho agreed to meet his €30million release clause.
Pedro was tempted by his international team-mate Cesc Fabregas to swap the Nou Camp for Stamford Bridge while Mourinho promised him an important role in his squad.
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With Barcelona's transfer embargo set to be lifted in the January transfer window, attention in the boardroom has turned to potential replacements for the 28-year-old.
A number of names have been mentioned and the cited article above claims that Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, who has ironically been linked with Arsenal in the recent past, is the current top choice.
Manchester City's Jesus Navas and Celta Vigo's Nolito are the two other names that make up the shortlist, but it is the name of Walcott that inspires the most intrigue.
Almost admitting its untruthfulness, the article in question almost immediately steps back from the claim, saying that the England international was just loosely mentioned in a meeting about targets and is not under serious consideration.
That may be due to the fact that Walcott recently agreed a new four-year deal with the Gunners, a deal that saw his wage fall alongside the club's top earners on £140,000-a-week.
It may also prove exceptionally difficult to prise the 26-year-old away from his settled London life. He and wife Melanie had their first child, Finley, last year and may see leaving England as too big a disruption.