Barcelona’s Luis Enrique has spoken out over the in-demand Pedro Rodriguez.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked to Pedro this summer [via the Daily Star].
The Spain international’s future at the Camp Nou remains the subject of intense speculation, and Barca manager Enrique has stated that if the 27-year-old’s release-clause of £22m is met [Express], the La Liga BBVA giants will allow Pedro to reach his own decision:
“I’ve said that if Pedro goes it will be when someone has paid his clause,” as quoted by the Express.
“If that doesn’t happen, it will be difficult. I have spoken with Pedro. I told him what I think and he told me what he thinks.
“When the player makes a decision something will happen. The decision belongs to Pedro.”
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There continue to be conflicting reports on where the Spaniard may walk out next season, with reports cited by the Express claiming that Chelsea are leading the chase – having tabled a four-year contract for the winger.
While, conversely, Spanish newspaper AS state that Manchester United are closing in on the Barcelona star’s signature, and Louis van Gaal could be just days away from sealing his signature.
Despite making 35 appearances in La Liga last season, 20 of those came from the substitutes’ bench, as Enrique handed the forward just 1531 minutes of action in their treble-winning 2014-15 campaign.
With Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to remain Barca’s unaltered attacking trio, combined with the arrival of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid [via BBC Sport], Pedro’s career with the Champions League giants appears bleak at present.