One of the longest-running and most tiresome transfer sagas of the decade looks set for completion this summer, with Barcelona and Spain winger Pedro now a top-price 2/1 with bwin.com to still be a Camp Nou fixture next term.
Despite turning out for the Catalan giants at least 45 times per season since becoming a first-team squad member in 2009/10, Pedro has never quite managed to nail down a starting spot at Barca, with the task becoming more difficult year on year.
The arrival of Luis Suarez last season saw Pedro make Luis Enrique’s first XI on just 15 occasions in La Liga, and only seven times in 35 all-competition matches following Spain’s winter break.
Not starting any of Los Blaugrana’s Champions League knockout fixtures en route to their fifth outright success in the competition will have hit the 27-year-old hard, and the Mirror believes Enrique will not stand in Pedro’s way if he wishes to leave.
Liverpool and Arsenal have long been linked with a move for the two-footed winger, but bwin go 7/1 and 9/1 respectively about those two holding Pedro’s registration by September 4th.
It seems that pair of Premier League titans are about to be gazumped by champions Chelsea, with the boys in black and gold’s 7/10 odds about the Tenerife-born speedster rocking up at Stamford Bridge by the aforementioned date the best price around.
According to the Mirror, the west Londoners have already offered Pedro a four-year contract and are willing to meet his reported £22m buy-out clause, with the transfer set to be completed after Barca’s presidential elections this weekend.
Having been marginalised at the La Liga champions, the red top also states that Pedro will be guaranteed a bigger role at Chelsea, unlike recent wing purchases Juan Cuadrado and Mo Salah, who would both drop further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order if this move goes through.
It’s a risk for Pedro, considering the diminutive hitman needs game-time this term in order to make an impression on Spain coach Vicente De Bosque ahead of next summer’s European Championships, but the move certainly seems some way down the line.