Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has reportedly turned down the opportunity to take Chelsea's Pedro back to the Camp Nou.
According to Sport (via Football Espana), Enrique "blocked a proposal" for Pedro to return to the Blaugrana after less than six months away, despite the Spanish winger being open to the possibility as he regrets his move to Chelsea.
Furthermore, the report indicated that the Barca boss only wants Nolito or Denis Suarez if he is going to bolster his attack, and Pedro, 28, is seen as "part of Barca’s past."
Again per Sport (via Goal.com), the proposal was reportedly to take Pedro back on loan, but Enrique was not even open to a short-term deal.
The Spain international has struggled at Stamford Bridge, netting twice and providing two assists in 16 Premier League appearances as Chelsea have languished in the bottom half of the table, per WhoScored.com.
Back in October it was reported that Pedro had told friends he regretted his move to west London and would be happy to return to Barcelona, per Spanish outlet Fichajes (via Adam Skinner in the Express).
He left Barca in search of more game time and even if he was to return he would still undoubtedly play second fiddle to the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Is Luis Enrique right to prevent the return of Pedro?
Pedro is still a talented player and could flourish under the new manager Guus Hiddink, but Enrique is clearly not prepared to take him back to the Camp Nou.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are reportedly trying to snap up Barcelona's La Masia star Xavi Simons, with the 12-year-old having attracted much attention at the recent La Liga Promises tournament, per Matt Barlow in the Daily Mail.
The Blues have been on the midfielder's trail since 2014, and their interest was confirmed by Xavi's father, Regillio Simons, who revealed much interest from elsewhere also, per Barlow:
Agents are everywhere. Even at a younger age they were starting to approach me making offers for Xavi, asking to be his agents, offering shoes and contracts and money like you can't imagine. That's the world of football now. You can't stop it. For a lot of parents it must be difficult. It happens fast and if you are looking for money and clubs are offering it in large amounts, it makes sense to say yes.
We don't need any of that just now. We are trying to keep them away, in a polite way. Xavi's development is the most important thing. We want him in the right surroundings. Even if we need to move, it is the development that's important. Not the money. We have spoken to Chelsea and you know it's going to be good money at Chelsea.
The Barcelona prospect is talented, with a terrific touch and an eye for goal, as can be seen below:
Given La Masia's lauded history, Barca will undoubtedly be eager to keep Xavi on their books, and there could be few better places for him to develop.
However, with Chelsea clearly interested—and likely many other clubs—Barca will have to make sure they can hold on to him.