Barcelona winger Pedro has given Arsenal, Manchester United and any other potential transfer suitors the biggest indication that he's willing to reluctantly consider a January transfer, despite the kind words of coach Luis Enrique.
Pedro's been a fairly peripheral figure for Barcelona this season, with his position as a key figure at the Camp Nou made even more precarious by the recent return from suspension of marquee summer signing Luis Suarez.
The 27-year-old has been left on the bench four times by Enrique already this season, a stance which has ramped up speculation from the Express that Arsenal are primed to take advantage with a £26 million January offer.
Will Enrique be able to keep Pedro happy?
Pedro was asked about his situation at Barcelona after joining up with the Spain squad for matches against Belarus and Germany, an interview which showed his disappointment at being sidelined by Enrique during the early part of the season.
He said: "The coach is giving me a lot of confidence and he speaks to me even though I'm not getting in the team. I know it's hard to play at Barcelona, so I will continue to give my all and do well."
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Next two months could be key
Enrique now faces a huge fight to keep Pedro happy in the build-up to the January window, particularly as he tries to get Suarez bedded in alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar in a star-studded attack.
Pedro must be looking at the form of Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal with some degree of envy. Sanchez's plight was quite similar to Pedro's last season, which led the Chilean star to call time on his Camp Nou career in a £35m summer switch to the Emirates.
Sanchez example one Pedro may choose to follow
Sanchez has without question been the shining light of Arsenal's disappointing start to the season, finding a fantastic form safe in the knowledge that he'll play each and every minute of big matches if fit and firing.
How Pedro would love a similar assurance from Enrique, but that doesn't look likely to come any time soon. As a result a January move to Arsenal or even the previously interested United must be a very tempting proposition, so it's very much a case of watch this space with regard to Pedro's transfer status.
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