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Arsenal and Chelsea on transfer alert as top target’s €150m release clause drops

Arsenal and Chelsea may be on high alert following revelations regarding the buy-out clause written into the new contract of Barcelona’s Pedro.

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The Spain international signed a four-year contract extension at the beginning of June, and a statement from the Champions League winners read that the winger’s release clause of €150m (£107.8m) would remain unaltered [via fcbarcelona.com].

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, his buy-out clause was actually revised in the new deal that he put pen-to-paper on – dropping a staggering €120m to €30m (£21.5m).

The 27-year-old’s decision to commit his long-term future to the Catalan giants certainly came as shock – given he made just 15 La Liga starts and sits some way behind attacking trio Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the pecking order.

What’s more, reports of a €150m looked to have certainly priced out any potential suitors – particularly for a player who doesn’t appear to play a significant part in his manager’s first-team plans.

Nonetheless, news that Pedro could be available for €30m will surely have put those interested in his signature on high alert.

According to SPORT, the Spaniard has so far rejected advances from Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, but could be set to receive an offer from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Spanish newspaper claim that Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of the forward, and the Portuguese manager is allegedly convinced that, with Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan having signed for the club, Pedro could be lured out of the Camp Nou – knowing that he may have fallen further out of Luis Enrique’s sight following the Turkey international’s arrival.

SPORT, however, believe that Mourinho may face a struggle in tempting the decorated winger to Stamford Bridge, as Pedro is rumoured to be eager to continue adding to his trophy cabinet with Barca.

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