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Manchester United transfer blow as £22m target favours Liverpool move

Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez could be edging ever closer to the Premier League, as reports from Spain state that Liverpool are the new favourites for his signature.

The 27-year-old is not short of interest this summer, with Arsenal, Chelsea, the Reds and Manchester United all said to be monitoring his current situation the Camp Nou [via the Express].

In an update on the speculation, according to Mundo Deportivo [cited by the Express], Brendan Rodgers could be set to beat his English rivals to the signing of the Spain international, as the winger allegedly favours a move to Anfield.

Mundo Deportivo suggest that Liverpool may be leading the chase, as they can offer regular first-team action on Merseyside – something that Arsenal, Chelsea and United could struggle to promise given the plethora of options they currently possess in attack.

The report states that the Reds have contacted the La Liga BBVA giants over the forward’s availability, and if his £22m release-clause is met, a deal could be completed quickly.

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Pedro made 35 appearances in La Liga last term; however 20 of those came from the substitutes bench, as Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were Luis Enrique’s undisputed front three.

This, combined with the recent arrival of versatile forward Arda Turan [via BBC Sport], may have left the Spaniard considering his Barca career – after 11-years of service – to be reaching its conclusion.

Rodgers has thus far secured the signings of Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and James Milner [via Sky Sports] – and could be far from finished in the market.

Not only is Pedro rumoured to be high on the Northern Irish manager’s wish list, but BBC Sport reported on Sunday that Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was set for his Reds medical, after the two clubs reached an agreement over a £32.5m transfer fee.

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