Arsenal and Liverpool dealt major blow as main target signs new contract with Barcelona till 2019
Arsenal and Liverpool were dealt a major blow in pursuit of FC Barcelona attacker Pedro as the player has agreed a new deal.
Pedro has become a bit-part player for the last two seasons, which had led to the speculation that the Spaniard was seeking pastures new in search of regular gametime. Arsenal were thought to be the front-runners to snap the La Masia youth product. with Liverpool also monitoring the situation
But both the clubs have been thwarted in their attempts to land Pedro, with the Tenerife born forward penning a deal that will run until 2019, and which will include a buy-out clause of €150 million.
Pedro was unhappy with a bit-part role
A statement on Barcelona’s official website read:
FC Barcelona has announced that they have reached an agreement with Pedro Rodríguez to renew his contract until 30 June 2019. The striker’s current contract was due to expire on 30 June 2016.
His buyout clause will remain at 150 million euros.
The Canary Islander will be signing the new deal over the next few days.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 4, 2015
The 27-year-old was also linked with Inter Milan of late, involving a swap deal with Croatian sensation Mateo Kovacic.
The 50-cap Spain International had previously expressed his unhappiness on the limited gametime offered by the Blaugrana
“It’s difficult to be 100% happy, but I feel comfortable here,”
“Those who have fewer minutes want to play. I don’t know if they’ll ask me to leave. I’m happy here and I want to continue but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”
“We’ll talk at the end of the season,” he had said.
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