Catalan newspaper Sport has suggested why Arsenal won't be allowed to sign Pedro from Barcelona.
Catalan based newspaper Sport have given their verdict on why Arsenal won’t be signing Barcelona star Pedro this January.
Several reports from the British press over the weekend had suggested that the Spaniard wanted to leave the club, with Arsenal seemingly the favourites to swoop for his signature.
However, Sport offers up a very simple suggestion of why the deal is unlikely to happen this winter.
“It’s doubtful Luis Enrique and Barcelona are willing to part with a key player in the context of the sanction from FIFA (Transfer ban for the next two windows) which would prevent Barca from looking for a replacement,” reports Sport.
Pedro has been a key player in Enrique’s Barcelona team this season with five starts and three sub appearances in La Liga and two starts so far in the Champions League.
The idea that he’s dispensable to what the Barca boss is trying to achieve and how he’s trying to play is doubtful.
The rumour has gathered pace considering the context of Barca’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Clasico over the weekend, which has seen several of the team’s players criticised.
The problem Barca have, and where Arsenal could ultimately take advantage, is that his contract expires after the second transfer window where Barca are banned from signing players (2016).
That effectively means Pedro could run down his contract at Barca before leaving for another side as a free agent and that places pressure on officials to work out a new deal if Enrique wants to keep him at the club.
Arsenal will be a good club for him to consider in 2016 but there’s always an argument to suggest that they would have moved on by that point.