Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez is a player whose name has been muttered in the Anfield corridors before. After seemingly being linked with the player for two years running, it finally appears Brendan Rodgers is about to get his man this summer after reports emerged that Liverpool are eyeing a deal to bring the Spanish World cup winner to Anfield this summer.
With the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool last summer, Pedro found himself down the pecking order at Camp Nou and was relegated to the bench. This seemingly prompted the player to consider a move away from his boyhood club as his chances to dislodge the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar as the preferred attacking three at Barcelona grow ever slimmer. The Reds are looking for a support striker who can play all across the front three and Pedro fits the bill perfectly, having performed the role with Barcelona and Spain.
With perpetual rising interest in the forward, Barcelona had offered him an improved deal until 2019 which the player had signed in early June. However, reports have emerged that it was just a ploy by the Blaugrana to increase the player’s value, and that the club are still keen on selling him should they receive an offer over £18 million.Pedro scored 6 goals for Barcelona in 35 appearances last season , majority of which were from the bench.
The 27-year-old is reportedly keen on a switch to the Premier League, where Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested apart from Liverpool. Apart from these three, French champions Paris St Germain are also interested. Liverpool’s need, however, trumps those of the other three as they actively seek a replacement for want-away youngster Raheem Sterling, who has been widely tipped to join Manchester City this summer.
Pedro will prove smart business for Liverpool as they would be replacing an untested, inexperienced and potentially world class player in Sterling with an exceptional, proven and seasoned international in Pedro, who has already won all that there is to win at club or international level, for seemingly less than half the price.