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Barcelona's Pedro Reportedly Eyed by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal
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Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a bid for Barcelona winger Pedro, who is unsettled at the Camp Nou, according to reports.

The versatile Spaniard has seen his playing time cut under Gerardo Martino and is finding it increasingly difficult to oust the talents of individuals such as Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.

Such an occurrence has seen United and Liverpool become forerunners in the bid to land his signature, according to John Cross of the Mirror:

Champions Manchester United and arch-rivals Liverpool are watching developments with the Spain international.

Barca are unlikely to sell in January, but the 26-year-old World Cup and European Championship winner could be open to a move next summer.

Ben Jefferson of the Express suggests Arsenal are also interested in the player's services, and may lure him to the Emirates via a short-term loan—with the promise of first-team football prior to next summer's World Cup:

The player's desire to play a prominent role for Spain at next summer's World Cup means he may be willing to look elsewhere if he can't be guaranteed greater opportunities under Gerardo Martino.

It now remains to be seen whether Arsenal or Liverpool look to take advantage of Pedro's conundrum with the prospect of a loan move possibly appealing to all parties.

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As noted by ESPN, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo also claims the speedy star is interested in swapping La Liga for the Premier League, but may also consider the possibility of joining Claudio Ranieri's big-budgeted Monaco revolution in Ligue 1.

The 26-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring seven goals in 11 starts and eight substitute appearances across La Liga and the Champions League, according to WhoScored.

Neymar's arrival in the summer—combined with Sanchez's impressive campaign—has seen Pedro's game time decrease, allegedly forcing the player to consider his future.

Pedro's talents are known across the globe. The tricky individual has played an important role in Barcelona's recent era of success. He even scored during the club's 2011 Champions League final triumph over United.

The World Cup and European Championship winner's slew of goals indicate it is a waste of talent having him sat on the bench. Pedro received five minutes during La Blaugrana's defeat to Athletic Bilbao and has completed 90 minutes just five times across 21 matches since the 7-0 thrashing of Levante on Aug. 18.

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Much like Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, Pedro has been linked with the Premier League after becoming overshadowed by a major signing, per an alternate report from Jefferson for the Express.

The experienced player, who can ply his trade on either wing, would certainly aid any of the three squads mentioned.

His dribbling ability, eye for a pass and finishing prowess have been important weapons for Barca over the years and could certainly aid another team's bid for glory if given the chance.

Should Pedro continue to receive limited playing time in the lead up to Christmas, expect speculation surrounding the Spaniard's future to significantly intensify.

 

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