Barcelona talent Pedri may have kept Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara out of Spain’s starting XI at Euro 2020, but the pair could team up with Anfield next season if rumors are to be believed.
Liverpool are making possible transfer plans ahead of the new campaign.
As the Reds look to mount a title load for 2021/22, the midfield department could come under scrutiny and the Barcelona starlet is the latest name to appear on Liverpool’s radar to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
The Spaniard, dubbed the ‘new Andres Iniesta’, has been linked with a Â£ 70million move to Anfield.
But Liverpool fans were confused again on Friday when Thiago did not feature in Spain‘s starting lineup for the fifth time in this summer’s tournament.
Barcelona prodigy Pedri was arguably the key factor in pushing the Liverpool midfielder onto the bench after winning Luis Enrique’s trust as he became La Seleccion’s newest talent.
However, the situation did not deteriorate relations between the two midfielders as Thiago praised his compatriot in the Guardian, calling him an old school talent.
âPedri is an example of this old talent. Everything is natural. He sees football the same way he has since he was little, âhe said.
Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, Ian Wright was the latest to show his admiration for the prodigy’s display of euros.
âPedri is awesome, he’s awesome. I said he was from La Masia, but he actually came from Las Palmas for Â£ 5million, he’s fabulous, he’s a fabulous footballer, âWright said.
The Reds have been in contact with the player’s agents and there is interest in adding him to Jurgen Klopp’s engine room, according to some reports.
Like his compatriot Thiago, the 18-year-old would offer a technically gifted option that Klopp could appeal to.
His incisive passes and smart moves make him more effective in the final third – an area in which Liverpool’s frontline stalled at times last season.
A real threat in the box, Pedri could help fill the creative void left in the Reds midfield.
The youngster’s hard work and pressing make him a constant nuisance to defenders, a quality Klopp regularly looks for in his players.
While Â£ 70million seems expensive for a young player, at just 18 the teenager has a lot of chances to develop and improve which could pay off for Liverpool in the future.
However, an apparent interest in the transfer has panicked Barcelona as they negotiated a new deal with the player, whose Camp Nou contract is set to expire in 2022.
The Blaugrana don’t seem ready to let their precious asset go so soon and their plans to keep Pedri at the club involve a new contract with a huge release clause attached.
Suitors are expected to act quickly to secure the Spaniard this summer before his price hits bankruptcy figure – and Barcelona’s financial woes could be key.
The club have accumulated a crushing debt estimated at more than a billion euros, which would have forced President Joan Laporta to put up for sale 18 players, including former Red Philippe Coutinho.
Although Pedri is not on the list of names in the market, his sale could offer Barcelona the opportunity to attract a significant sum of money.
Laporta could be willing to let Pedri go this summer in exchange for Â£ 70million as mountainous debts prevent new free agent Lionel Messi’s contract from being renewed.
Barcelona paid only â¬ 5million to Las Palmas for the midfielder, but that figure could be multiplied by five.
Fees could reach 25 million euros if certain clauses are triggered – the first of which is about to be fulfilled with the minimum number of matches target reached.
The sale of Pedri would not only generate much-needed funds for the club but also offer the possibility of avoiding spending an additional â¬ 20million for the youngster.
While Liverpool may not be able to enter the market at Â£ 70million, it could prove to be a solid investment if they can force Barcelona’s hand.