Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told the Spanish editorial AS that the club have received no official offers for Pedro Rodriguez and that they are not anticipating any more departures.
The Spain international’s future at the club has been heavily speculated on this summer, despite only signing a contract extension last month.
According to a report in the Catalan paper Diario Sport, Premier League trio Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in Pedro, with the forward allegedly agreeing on a move to Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, Bartomeu revealed on Friday that no formal approach has been made for the Nou Camp favourite and in spite of the all the rumours, the club are not expecting to sell him.
“We aren’t contemplating any more departures from the squad. I’ve read a lot about Pedro but nobody has made an official offer to the club. Our squad is closed,” the Barcelona president confirmed.
The rumoured interested party:
While Arsenal have been linked, the Gunners boast arguably the best number of attacking options in the Premier League and it is difficult to see where they could fit Pedro in.
Liverpool also have plenty of options, with the signings of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino adding to the likes of Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.
Chelsea, however, arguably have scope for another forward signing, with the futures of wingers Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado uncertain. Pedro would represent a fine choice, though there are question marks over his lack of physicality and whether he could produce the same kind of form in England as he has on a consistent basis in La Liga.