It isn’t often the case that Barcelona’s transfer activity is good news for English clubs – over recent years it has often meant that the Spaniards are hoovering up the Premier League’s top talent – but the Catalans’ imminent moves in the summer market could be just what Liverpool and Chelsea are hoping for.
According to reports in the Spanish press, Barcelona are set to continue the rebuilding of their squad following a disappointing trophyless campaign by adding Sevilla attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus to their ranks, paying around £20m for the former and £28m for the latter.
Such fervent activity, added to the purchase of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach, means that some established stars are apparently surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and it is thought that Rakitic and Reus are about to replace Pedro and Cesc Fabregas in the Barcelona squad.
That is music to the ears of Liverpool and Chelsea, who are reportedly interested in securing the signatures of Pedro and Fabregas respectively.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already signed Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Emre Can of Bayer Leverkusen as he prepares for the club’s first Champions League campaign for five years, but has made no secret of his desire to add quality to his squad as the club looks to compete on four fronts.
The former Swansea boss has been strongly linked with a move for Pedro, currently with the Spain World Cup squad, and is a known admirer of the man who has struck 104 goals in 323 games for Barcelona.
Pedro himself refused to rule out a move, telling Marca “I’m not sure what’s going to happen, I’m relaxed and concentrating on the team [Spain] and the World Cup. When I need to decide something, I’ll talk to the club and we’ll see what happens” and it appears Liverpool are ready to take advantage of the uncertainty.
Fabregas is also in Brazil with Spain and his move to Chelsea looks far more certain. The former Arsenal man has been told to find a new club and it appears the Stamford Bridge outfit are the only side in the running to sign the 27-year-old, with a fee of around £30m set to be agreed.
The Spanish international signed for Barcelona in 2011 after a protracted transfer saga but having never truly become a talismanic figure for his boyhood club, it seems he is now set to return to the Premier League to sign for Arsenal’s great rivals.