Rumoured Liverpool target could leave Barcelona despite signing new contract

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Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Barcelona forward Pedro – according to reports on talkSPORT – although common sense tells us that the addition of Roberto Firmino means that this one remains unlikely.

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The Reds clearly wanted to sign an attacking midfielder this summer to guard against the potential departure of Raheem Sterling, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City (via the Daily Mail), and we have now got one – meaning a move for Pedro would definitely come as something of a surprise.

Firmino joins Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Jordon Ibe in our attacking ranks, as well as Sterling, and it’s hard to see where a player such as Pedro – as good as he is – would fit into our team.

For what it’s worth, talkSPORT explain that Barcelona are ready to sell the Spanish international for as little as £18m, despite only recently convincing him to sign a new long-term contract at the club.

The 27-year-old is currently set to stay at the Camp Nou until 2019. However, with the formidable trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar currently ahead of him in the pecking order, he could still be temped into a move.

According to the report, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are also interested.

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