Barcelona have shown little love to Spain stalwart Gerard Pique since Luis Enrique took over as coach, prompting speculation that the former Manchester United centre-half could return to Old Trafford in January.
Red-topped rag The Daily Star claim that Pique is understandably unhappy at being left on the bench for Barca this term while holding-midfielder Javier Mascherano fills in alongside new signing Jeremy Mathieu at centre-back.
The odds boffins at bwin.com see Los Blaugrana retaining the 27-year-old’s services through next summer, pricing him up at 1/4 to still be a Barca player on September 2nd 2015.
Pique making the switch from Catalunya to the Theatre of Dreams is available at 51/20, which looks a decent bet under current circumstances.
Shakira’s beau may have only signed a new contract last May, supposedly tying him down to Barca for another five years, but that was before Enrique took over from Gerardo Martino.
Under the former Camp Nou midfield legend, Pique has started three matches, been left on the bench twice, made one half-time substitute’s appearance and wasn’t included in the squad for his side’s other two games.
The local boy has even been on the end of stick from the famously-hostile Spanish press, with regard to his attitude when warming up ahead of Barca’s Champions League group-stage fixture away to PSG. Pique was left on the bench for the entirety of the 3-2 defeat.
After a summer when new gaffer Louis van Gaal sanctioned transfers costing the best part of £150m in fees alone, we know United won’t be shy of spending a few quid over the next 12 months.
We can also be fairly certain they’ll buy a centre-half during that time, so a move for the decorated former Red Devil would make plenty of sense.