Arsenal must look elsewhere, as Barcelona reject sale of Spanish forward

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Pedro Rodriguez will be blocked from leaving the Camp Nou.

Continually linked with a £24 million summer move for Pedro Rodriguez over recent months, in outlets such as the Telegraph, it now appears Arsenal will have to turn their attentions elsewhere, with Barcelona now unwilling to release the player.

Speaking with FC Inter News, Barcelona international sporting director, Ariedo Braida, admitted Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic is "a player we like."

However, Braida also acknowledged that due to the FIFA transfer ban, there won't be any move for the Croatian international this summer, but hinted that a deal could be struck for the player to arrive in January.

The difficulty making summer additions, also means Barcelona are taking a reluctant view towards any departures. Along with the evident Arsenal interest, Inter Milan and Juventus had also been linked with Pedro.

Keen to end any such speculation, though, Braida definitively ruled out a departure for the for the 27-year-old Spain international, declaring: "Pedro is, and will remain, a Barcelona player."

"He's a a very important player for us. He will not leave in the summer. He has a contract and will remain at the Camp Nou. Even more so because of the transfer ban."

Already clear that Arsenal have missed out on Juventus forward, Paulo Dybala, receiving the news another target won't be heading to the Emirates, will clearly be a blow for Arsene Wenger, as he tries to strengthen for an assault on the Premier League title next season.

The French coach isn't resting on his laurels though. According to the Guardian, Arsenal are now set to turn their attentions towards Fernando Llorente, with the future of the 30-year-old Spaniard uncertain in Turin.

A move for the former Athletic Club Bilbao striker, may not go unchallenged. North London rivals Tottenham, and wealthy La Liga side Valencia, are also said to be keen.

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