Pedro Rodriguez is considering his options at Barcelona – which includes the possibility of leaving for free when his contract expires in June 2016 – after losing his place in the side to Luis Suarez reports Marca.
The forward has been a Barcelona player throughout his career and was a first team star during their most successful period in the opening decade of the century. However, the arrivals of Neymar and Suarez have pushed him to the periphery.
Now he is facing crunch time. He has just 18 months left on his contract and clubs are starting to show an interest. The same report suggests Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all keeping an eye on the situation. If a player with over 150 appearances for Barcelona refuses to sign a contract, you can be sure more top clubs will come out of the woodwork.
Pedro, 27, is planning on sitting down with Luis Enrique at the end of the season to try and establish his future role in the squad. If he doesn't like what he hears, he could refuse to sign an extension. It will then be up to Barcelona to either cash in or risk losing him for free in a year's time.
It is a dramatic fall for a player once deemed so important that he had a €150 million release clause inserted into his contract. Now he faces the prospect of a season in the margins, where he remains behind Suarez despite the Uruguayan's lacklustre form.
Barcelona are unlikely to sell this summer as they will be unable to sign a replacement. January, where Pedro would be free to talk to the likes of Manchester United, is a more realistic scenario.
Where would he be best suited?
Should he leave, who would he be best suited for in the Premier League. Arsenal have long been linked with a move, but are now bursting with creative talent. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez would surely see Pedro walk into a similar situation he finds himself in.
Meanwhile Manchester United could accommodate him, but only if Louis van Gaal gives up on his vanity project: the 3-5-2 formation. The system has already seen Adnan Januzaj marginalised. If the teenager sits on the bench while Pedro walks in the Old Trafford entrance, it could be enough for him to force a move away.
Liverpool, while they can't guarantee Champions League football in the same way Arsene Wenger and Van Gaal can, could be the place to be. They are crying out for a marquee player with the experience of Pedro.
Brendan Rodgers has money to spend and a historical club worthy of Pedro's talent. They should be favourites for his signature, just as they were for Sanchez's when he was sold.
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