Chelsea may have the opportunity to make a profit on Pedro after it emerged that both he and Barcelona are keen on him returning to the Camp Nou.
“I have already spoken about it with the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] when we [Barcelona] were in the [Cop del Rey] final and spoke to all the people who want me there,” the Spaniard told beIN Sports.
“It’s complicated, but I’ve always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it’s difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.”
The feelings are reportedly mutual, with Barca willing to add £24m to manager Luis Enrique’s summer transfer budget for the purchase of the Blues man, according to Spanish news outlet Sport.
Having signed for the Stamford Bridge outfit for an initial £19m, Pedro far from set things alight in 2015/16 since his arrival in west London.
It’s fair to say that a moderate return of nine goals and three assists across 43 appearances in all competitions is not the kind of haul that generally generates interest of the £24m variety from one of the world’s great clubs.
As such, the Blaugrana’s desire to rescue their former pupil offers a never-to-be-repeated opportunity to continue the Blues’ incredible knack of turning a profit on players less than integral to their future plans in recent years.
With new manager Antonio Conte doubtless keen to bring in players of his choosing ahead of their 3/5-rated pursuit of a top-four finish next season a £24m windfall from Pedro’s sale could prove invaluable.