Arsenal are reportedly lining up a big money move to sign Barcelona forward Pedro when transfer window opens in January, according to reports in the Express.
The 27 year old has been a prominent figure for the Catalan giants in the last few seasons, but has found his first-team opportunities limited under Luis Enrique. He has scored six and assisted three in all competitions this season, but has been limited to just six La Liga starts and is expected to leave in search of regular playing time.
The report states that Arsene Wenger is reportedly lining up a £26 million move for Pedro when the transfer window reopens as he looks to boost his side’s chances in the title race.
The Spaniard, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool in recent months, told media back in October that his future at the Camp Nou is far from certain. He said:
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.
Whatever comes in the future, will come.
Pedro is undoubtedly a quality player and would be worth every penny that we pay for him, but his presence doesn’t really improve the already full attacking line. We already have Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vying for a place in the starting line-up.
It is unlikely that Pedro would bring something to the North London club that they don’t already possess. The defence should be the top priority for Wenger and with a reported transfer budget as little as £25 million, he cannot risk investing in other positions.
If Wenger does sign Pedro there will definitely be some question marks on his decision to pay such a hefty sum on a luxury player when other areas need addressing. While Pedro’s arrival is an enticing idea in principle, the reality remains that the funds are better spent elsewhere.
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