The big hitters at the top of the Premier League ladder have allegedly been notified regarding the availability of Barcelona forward Pedro at a budget-friendly price.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham had emails from Catalunya in their inbox this morning saying the Tenerife-born trophy magnet can be snapped up for a bargain bin £7m, with Los Blaugrana apparently desperate to get rid.
With Liverpool facing the prospect of losing Raheem Sterling this summer, they’ll be especially interested in the World Cup winner, while Spurs have craved a premium performer on the flanks since Gareth Bale’s departure.
As a result, the Reds are 6/4 to land Pedro, while the Lilywhites are 9/2 to be his employer on Sept 3rd.
The reason for Barcelona’s reported willingness to ship the Spaniard out is unclear; he is first reserve for their wondrous three-man strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and has notched 11 goals and eight assists in just 19 starts this term.
Clearly Pedro hasn’t lost his touch, but this isn’t the only reason the prospective purchasers should be tripping over themselves to sign the 27-year-old at this price.
Cast offs from the Nou Camp club who sought pastures new in the Premier League last summer prospered and the stats from this season suggest the next in line will do the same.
Weasley antics at the Hawthorns aside, the Chelsea schemer has flourished in his first season back in England.
His £30m switch to Stamford Bridge preceded the pocketing of maiden Premier League and Capital One Cup winners’ medals, while he has finished the campaign just three assists shy of breaking Thierry Henry’s record for a season of 20.
Arsenal were the benefactors of Barcelona’s purchase of Suarez, with the Chilean bottle rocket sold as a makeweight.
The Gunners are thought to have paid £35m to land the former Udinese ace and were compensated with 23 goals and nine assists in his maiden season in English football.
The once precocious Serbi-Spaniard found an unlikely home in Stoke after spending the fledgling years of his career traveling around Europe’s glamour cities trying to realise his lauded potential.
His season was cruelly cut short by a late-winter ACL injury, with the diminutive forward in the form of his career, bagging five and laying on another for the Potters.
The 85% pass completion rate – a figure alien to many Stoke players on account of the direct style they’re forever associated with – he recorded this season means he’s likely to finish 2014/15 with the hottest radar in the Potteries too.
Another to return to London last year following a stint in Catalunya, the Cameroonian’s class in central-midfield was a key factor behind West Ham’s glittering pre-Christmas form.
The sparkle in Song’s performances has since waned somewhat and the Irons have plummeted down the table simultaneously.
Despite the dip in standards, his 3.2 tackles-per-outing average renders him the most effective retriever of possession in the Hammers’ ranks.