According to The Mirror, Barcelona are planning on offering a new deal to winger Pedro Rodriguez in a bid to prevent Arsenal coming in for hm.
The Gunners have been linked with the Spanish international on a number of occasions in the past with strong rumours surfacing over the summer.
Since the arrival of Neymar Jr, Pedro has gradually lost his place as a regular in a star-studded Barcelona side and the 27-year-old may feel that a change in scene is necessary.
A deal to bring the £10 million-rated star to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window never materialised as instead manager Arsene Wenger opted for his now-former teammate Alexis Sanchez.
Whilst the Chilean has made a moderate start to the season, did the Gunners make a mistake in not signing Pedro in his place?
We take a look at how the duo have performed so far this season:
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, it is clear which attacking star has made the biggest impression so far this campaign.
As an attacking force, despite Barca being far more dominant Pedro has suffered somewhat. He has taken just 1.3 shots on average per game, whilst also making only three key passes all season.
Sanchez, on the other hand, has been a constant attacking threat for the North London outfit, recording on average 1.83 shots per game, 13 key passes in total for the season – 10 more than Pedro – and outperforming his former Barca teammate with successful dribbles too.
The one area where the Catalan trumps the Gunners ace is in the success of his intended passes – a trait expected after being schooled in the famous La Masia academy.
It will be a big risk if Wenger decides to go back in for the player as one can't help but feel that he has declined since those breathtaking performances during Barca's Champions League success in 2011.
He does, however, still provide quality squad depth therefore it's evident why the Nou Camp outfit are hopeful of extending his current deal which expires in the summer of 2016.