As the Raheem Sterling saga continues at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is apparently monitoring potential replacements for the English winger, and could turn to Spanish giants FC Barcelona for options.
Spanish international, Pedro could be on the move this summer after he is reportedly frustrated with his lack of playing time at the club. It comes as no surprise with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez ahead of him in the pecking order.
Pedro has a wealth of experience and he has already won some of the world’s most prestigious trophies. The 27-year-old attacker won the World Cup twice and a European Championship with Spain, and he has also won the Champions League with Barcelona twice, scoring against Manchester United in the 2011 final.
Pedro spoke to ESPN earlier this week about his frustration and long-term interest from Liverpool could tempt him away this summer.
“When you do not have playing time, of course you do not feel one of the important players.
“Playing few games, not many minutes, it is normal that there can be talk of leaving, that is logical. It is the same for all players, everyone wants to play. When you do not play in important games, then it is a difficult situation.”
This is the biggest hint Pedro has dropped so far that he is considering leaving the club and at 27, he could hold the key to what Rodgers’ side need to push for European football again next season.
The Metro have reported that Liverpool are also interested in former Everton loanee, Gerard Deulofeu, who is still contracted to Barcelona. The winger is set to be sold this summer upon returning to his parent club after a loan spell at Sevilla.
The Catalan youngster showed his potential at Everton but struggled to tie down a regular first team place, which has been the story of his career so far. If given the chance for an extended run in the squad, his real talent could emerge.
Liverpool are hoping to tie down Raheem Sterling to a new contract but won’t negotiate a deal until the summer, and with top clubs around Europe circling, they will need to have possible replacements lined up.
Could Liverpool sign both Pedro and Gerard Deulofeu this summer?