Two Premier League Giants Tracking Barcelona’s Pedro?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

The future is full of uncertainties for Barcelona winger Pedro Rodríguez. The Spanish international was always considered a very important piece for Los Blaugranas until last season, when the emergence of youngster Cristian Tello and the late-blooming of Alexis Sanchez relegated him to the bench.

Things haven’t been better this season and with the arrival of Neymar, the establishment of Alexis as a legit scoring threat and Gerardo Martino’s preference to use Cesc Fabregas to replace Lionel Messi, Pedro has been relegated to a substitute-only role, something that the Spaniard is not willing to accept with less than six months left to start the World Cup.

Two Premier League teams are reportedly ready to take advantage of the situation to offer the winger a change of scenery once the transfer market opens in January. These teams are Manchester United and Liverpool.

Both the Red Devils and the Reds are in need of a scoring punch this season, and Pedro would be perfect fit for both sides. He would be an immediate upgrade over Nani and Ashley Young at Manchester United, while he could slide as the perfect replacement for the injured Daniel Sturridge.

While it’s likely that Barcelona aren’t willing to sell Pedro before the season is over as he’s a quality depth piece in the squad, both Manchester United and Liverpool should maintain their pursue of the Spaniard. With Arsenal leading the league and Manchester City getting better as the season progresses, a move like this is needed if they want to maintain relevance this year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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