Will Arsene Wenger pair Alexis Sanchez with ex-Barca colleague?
Arsenal, 50/1 to win the Premier League this season, may be about to swoop for Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez in the winter window.
Having already recruited Alexis Sanchez from the Catalan club in the summer, and seen him make an impact, reports suggest that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could be convinced to bring his former teammate to the Emirates.
Spain international Pedro, 27, came through the youth ranks at Barca, though has struggled for first-team opportunities under Luis Enrique in a star-studded attack which includes Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Wenger is said to be readying a £26m bid for 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 winner Rodriguez, who may also have a job squeezing into an equally talented attack.
As well as having Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Sanchez, Arsenal also have Theo Walcott to return from injury, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Pedro’s compatriot Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski already in their ranks, plus Mesut Ozil to come back from a long-term lay-off.
Ideally, Pedro would occupy one flank with Sanchez on the other, and one of Giroud and Welbeck leading the line. The Spaniard has only appeared 14 times in La Liga this season, scoring twice, and may welcome a move to north London. While in the first team at Barca, he has featured 289 times, notching 93 goals.
Winning eight major trophies (including two Champions League crowns) during his time at the Nou Camp, Rodriguez has previously spoken in length about his future, though was non-committal to where his eventual destination would be.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen yet, I don’t know anything. I’m calm though. When a decision has to be made, I’ll speak with the club and we’ll see what happens,” Pedro said. “Whatever comes in the future, will come.”
Arsenal are 4/1 shots to win a major trophy this season.