Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Pedro to Chelsea, Higuain to Arsenal, Manchester United
Reuters news agency say that Barcelona forward Pedro is available for $30 million and Chelsea are interested in signing the Spanish international.
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The report reveals comments from Pedro which confirm that the 27-year-old has had his release clause reduced. Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to add to his attacking ranks with Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy his only out-and-out strikers.
Pedro can either operate centrally or on either flank, but Chelsea seem well-stocked in that department as Eden Hazard, Willian and Juan Cuadrado will battle it out of the wide midfield spots. Regardless, Pedro’s quality is undoubted but with Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi around at the Nou Camp he has seen his minutes diminish over the last few seasons. With Arda Turan arriving from Atletico Madrid for $45 million last week and available to play for Barca from January 2016 onwards when their transfer ban from FIFA ends, the Catalan club may look to balance the books and cash in on Pedro who came through their famed La Masia academy.
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Napoli’s outspoken club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed to the Italian media he will sell striker Gonzalo Higuain... if a club matches his $100 million buyout clause. Both Arsenal and Manchester United are said to have been interested in the Argentine striker in the past, with the former Real Madrid striker having a lethal strike rate of more than a goal every other game since he joined Napoli for $45 million in 2013.
Higuain would be the predatory striker both clubs are looking for and if given the right service he has proven to be a poacher in and around the box during his career. Now, will either club stump up $100 million for the 27-year-old? That seems highly unlikely, but perhaps the transfer fee can be brought down if players head in the opposite direction?