Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has ruled out the potential exit of Pedro but has confirmed offers are on the table for Alexis Sanchez.
Zubizarreta spoke honestly at the unveiling of Ivan Rakitic, who replaces Cesc Fabregas at the Camp Nou, indicating it could be something of a busy summer for the La Liga giants. Although Pedro's departure was completely ruled out, Zubizarreta suggests the right offer could tempt Barca into selling Sanchez, as reported by Sam Marsden of The Mirror:
Regarding the future of Alexis Sanchez, there have been offers for the player. But I do not know how it will all end - we are looking for a solution which will be best for everyone. Pedro, however, is not transferable. I count on Pedro for the future.
Such comments will certainly perk up the interest of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, all of which have been linked with snapping Sanchez up, as per Ben Jefferson of The Express. The Chilean World Cup star is said to prefer a move to the Emirates if he is to leave Catalonia, as reported by Spanish newspaper Sport (via Vaishali Bhardwaj of Metro).
Pedro was said to be on Arsene Wenger's wishlist in north London, as reported by Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star. The speedy winger has been at Barcelona since 2004, has won 16 trophies with the club and at the age of 26, is considered an integral part of Luis Enrique's plans for the new season.
Interestingly, Zubizarreta's speech didn't just discuss players already in the Blaugrana squad. He praised Luis Suarez for apologising to Giorgio Chiellini after the biting incident, which has seen the Liverpool striker banned from all footballing activities across four months and the next nine international matches, as per Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.
Zubizarreta praised the "character" of Suarez, as noted by Marsden. Barcelona continue to be linked with a move for the controversial 27-year-old, who enters his second successive season banned for biting, as per John Cross of The Mirror.
Considering the lack of relevance Suarez has to do with Rakitic's unveiling, it seems Zubizarreta may have deeper motives in mind here, as hinted by Tony Barrett of The Times:
It is perhaps pivotal that Barcelona have praised Suarez before Liverpool opted to publicly support or punish the man that netted 31 goals on their way to second last season. Suarez has always been the type of player who needs obvious love to excel, something Zubizarreta and Barcelona appear willing to provide.
It may be time for Liverpool to cash in on an individual who continues to bring the club's name into an unwanted spotlight. He certainly represents a world-class replacement for Sanchez, should the exciting forward leave. Suarez's actions are destined to continue producing headlines across the summer, but on the back of Zubizarreta's comments, could also pave the way for him to leave Merseyside.
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