Barcelona’s decision to sell Spanish midfielder Pedri as Liverpool lead the battle with Arsenal

Barcelona's decision to sell Spanish midfielder Pedri as Liverpool lead the battle with Arsenal Transfers

After joining Barcelona from Las Palmas in 2019, Spanish midfielder Pedri has established himself as a mainstay in the team despite being a teenager. Despite still being 21 years old, he has scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in 138 games for the Catalan-based club.

However, perhaps as a reaction to playing too many games at a young age, he has been out injured for more than 100 days every season since the 2021/22 season, and although he has made 29 appearances this season, he has not been able to play continuously on the pitch.

Nevertheless, his ball retention, passing sense and development skills are first class, and he builds his attacks from midfield. The midfielder could start for any club in the right conditions, but  Marca reported that Barcelona have decided to sell the player and are trying to find a buyer in this summer’s transfer window.

The paper also reported that Liverpool are leading the battle for the player, although Arsenal have expressed interest in acquiring him. He could replace former Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is leaving the team at the end of the season.

Jordan Henderson and Fabinho decided to go to Saudi Arabia before the season started, while Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Anfield when their contracts expired.

Instead, Liverpool secured four midfielders and were involved in the Premier League title race until the final stages of the season. A string of injuries put a strain on some players and the team stalled towards the second half of the season. At one point, a fourth championship was a possibility, but it looks like it will end only with the Carabao Cup trophy.

For next season, Liverpool have a reinforcement plan in place, with centre-backs and wingers as priority positions. Whether there is a midfielder in there remains to be seen, but if the transfer fee is not that high, it would not be a bad idea to get one.

Will Liverpool be in the market for a Spanish midfielder in the future?