Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of Barcelona forward Pedro after the La Liga giants confirmed they were open to selling the player at the right price.
According to David Maddock in the Daily Mirror, the Catalan club are looking to offload the Spanish international:
Liverpool are lining up an audacious move for Spanish World Cup star Pedro.
The Reds have already made a discreet approach to his club Barcelona over the striker’s availability... and been told the 26-year-old IS available at the right price.
Pedro scored 15 goals in 37 league appearances this season, per Squawka, as Barca finished second under former manager Tata Martino.
However, Martino has subsequently been replaced by former Camp Nou midfielder and Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique, and Pedro's future at the club has become uncertain as a result.
He, along with other stars including Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Javier Mascherano, were all missing from the promotional photograph unveiling Barca's new home kit for the 2014-15 season, which was released on Tuesday.
Many have taken this as confirmation that Pedro is no longer needed by the club and will be transferred out in the summer, including Goal.com's Max Bentley:
Pedro would give Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers another option up front along with current strike stars Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
He can also play out on either the right or left flank and would increase the Reds' strength in depth, which will be greatly needed as they are to appear in the Champions League for the first time since 2009 next season.
Pedro has won four La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, per the club's website, and was also part of Spain's European Championship triumph in 2012 and their World Cup win in 2010.
He will travel to Brazil this summer with the Spain squad for the World Cup in the hopes of making it four major championships in a row.
Pedro would be a savvy signing by Rodgers as he is a proven goalscorer and has bags of experience at the top level, which would be very helpful in Liverpool's young team.
Also, at only 26, he still has scope for improvement as well as potentially being a long-term Anfield player if the Reds can snap him up.