The World Cup winner has been angling for more minutes at the Camp Nou but head coach Louis Enrique has refused to give in to the players demands and recent comments have done little to put out the fire of a transfer saga that is threatening to reach inferno levels.
The 28-year old Spanish winger had been on the fringes due to the sensational form of attacking triumvirate; Neymar, Suarez and Messi. Their almost telepathic understanding has resulted to a lot of time on the bench for the disgruntled winger. This has led to Pedro considering his future at the club and publicly stating that if the situation does not improve, he owes it to himself to move to another club where he would be guaranteed first team football. After the signing of Arda Turan from Liga rivals Atletico Madrid all but confirming that he faces more time on the bench.
Pedro has been heavily linked with a move to both Manchester clubs with United the more likely destination. His predicament was made more glaring after he was omitted from the starting line up in the UEFA Super Cup tie against Sevilla despite Neymar missing out with mumps. The Spaniad went on to score the winning goal after coming off the bench in an emphatic 5-4 victory. Despite his heroics, his coach has insisted that the current speculation surrounding his future will not influence the decision making process on who starts the next game.
“Nobody knows at the moment if he will start. I won’t make my decision based on the market. He didn’t play in Tbilisi because a few days before, he had to stop training (with an injury) and it is an unusual and difficult situation. He wants to stay but he also wants more minutes. I will continue to play those that I think are best for each match. What I am looking forward to though is the end of the transfer window so that everything will be clear”.
Pedro completed just 22.9% of Barcelona league matches last season and is seen as an ideal replacement for Angel Di Maria who just move to French champions PSG.