Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has no intention of selling Juan Mata to Juventus - and the Italian club will subsequently turn their attention to Barcelona forward Pedro, who was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool on Monday.
As a result, the United boss is also likely to prevent Arsene Wenger adding Pedro - who has a €150 million release clause in his contract, but is valued at around £20 million - to the Gunners’ ranks in the January transfer window.
Juventus will push hard to sign Pedro
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri will push hard to sign Pedro when the transfer window re-opens with Mata now seemingly off the radar, leaving Arsenal with an uphill battle to sign the Spain international, who has scored 15 goals in 44 appearances for his national team.
Sport add that Pedro will remain at the forefront of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque’s plans regardless of whether he stays or leaves the Camp Nou in January, which could encourage the player to make a winter move if he ends up playing an increasingly peripheral role for the Catalan giants between now and the New Year.
Pedro faces even more competition next month
With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez - who will be available for selection from October 25 - in the squad, Pedro faces a sustained spell on the substitutes’ bench.
The 27-year-old has been a key player for Barcelona since establishing himself as a first-team regular under the legendary Pep Guardiola.
Since making his senior Barcelona debut in 2008, Pedro has won just about every major trophy up for grabs - including three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cup titles - scoring 87 goals in 271 matches in the process.
Interest high in Pedro
Wenger, Allegri and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers are all keen on Pedro not only because of his ability to score goals but also his incredible work ethic and superb movement.
A real team player, Barcelona supporters would be deeply disappointed if Pedro is sold by manager Luis Enrique in January - but the player may opt for a chance of scenery if his new boss continues with the three-pronged attack of Messi, Suarez and Neymar throughout November and December.
Pedro’s £20 million price tag could significantly increase, however, after it was confirmed that Barcelona are banned from purchasing any new players until January 2016.
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