Liverpool have been linked with a transfer offer for Pedri next summer. The Spain and Barcelona star have had an exceptional 12-month spell, and Anfield bosses are reportedly interested in trying to tempt him in the Premier League.
Pedri enjoyed a decisive campaign last season, becoming a mainstay of the Barcelona midfielder, making 52 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the club.
And the 18-year-old continued his remarkable club performance by excelling for Spain at Euro 2020, and again a few weeks later at the Tokyo Olympics, winning a silver medal.
Pedri’s remarkable performances did not go unnoticed across Europe.
And some of the Premier League’s biggest teams, including Liverpool and Manchester City, have been linked with a move for him in 2022.
English clubs are hopeful that Barcelona’s financial woes could persuade them to accept an offer of around € 100million for their young star.
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Pedri’s current contract with Barcelona ends next summer, although it could be extended by the club until 2024. And the midfielder has an estimated release clause of € 400million.
But that hasn’t stopped Liverpool from coveting the youngster, with Jurgen Klopp keen to bring in the superstar center-midfielder to replace late Gigi Wijnaldum and aging Jordan Henderson.
“Liverpool and City want the most spectacular promise in Spanish and European football: Pedri,” transfer journalist Eduardo Inda of OK Diario told El Chiringuito.
“His contract expires at the end of June, although Barcelona have an automatic renewal clause.”
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Pedri made 68 gigantic appearances for club and country in his debut season and was immediately reintroduced to the Barcelona squad upon his return from Tokyo.
And the teenager quickly became one of Europe’s top-rated talents, catching the attention of clubs, players and experts alike.
“Pedri is an incredible player,” Spain football expert Graham Hunter told UEFA.
“It should be implausible for a person so young, so inexperienced and so physically light to possess supernatural playing intelligence, peripheral vision and first contact, not to mention the innate bravery of wanting the ball all the time.
“He’s a generational talent, not only destined for the superstar, but someone who will make anyone who loves football turn pale and sigh with pleasure for years to come.”
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Liverpool’s relative lack of transfer activity this summer has been criticized by fans, after center-back Ibrahima Konate was the only significant arrival.
But reports of interest in a long-term midfielder fix like Pedri will be encouraging for Liverpool fans.
Klopp’s side return to action after the international break with an away game against Leeds United on Sunday.