Barcelona have reportedly offered wonderkid Pedri a bumper new contract in an attempt to ward off strong interest from Liverpool.
The talented midfielder, 18, broke into the Barca first-team back in September. In all he has made 43 appearances this campaign, with his outstanding form also earning him three caps for the Spanish national team.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror, the Reds have contacted the teenager’s representatives to formally declare their interest. However, that has sparked panic from the Nou Camp giants, who will offer Pedri fresh terms to stay put.
His current deal expires next summer, with the option for two more years. But Pedri’s release clause currently sits at an achievable £70million.
A new proposal would tie the player to Barca for four years, with a much more prohibitive £350m exit clause added.
The report adds that Liverpool still interested in pursuing a deal and want to act quickly before Barcelona convince him to stay.
Pedri, whose playing style has been likened to Barca legend Andreas Iniesta, was in action again on Saturday night as a rejuvenated Barcelona ended up losing 2-1 against Real Madrid in an entertaining El Clasico clash.
The result leaves the LaLiga table fascinatingly poised, with Los Blancos now top on 66 points, rivals Atletico Madrid in second on 66 points but with a game in hand, and Koeman’s outfit in third on 65.
As for Liverpool, the Reds are next in action on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to overturn their 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Wijnaldum plans turning to dust
Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum may have to reassess his future amid reports in Spain that Barcelona will abandon their long-standing plan to sign the Liverpool midfielder.
Wijnaldum continues to be linked with a move to the Catalan club, where he would join up with Ronald Koeman. The Barca boss is reportedly keen to take him to the Camp Nou after being impressed during his time in charge of Holland. And with Wijnaldum set to be out of contract this summer, he has a perfect opportunity to secure his services.
For a long time, it has looked as though the 30-year-old’s move to Spain is inevitable. Indeed, some reports have even claimed the deal is as good as done.
However, there has been no official confirmation of that. Meanwhile, Wijnaldum himself recently insisted there has been no developments in regard to the situation.
Now it’s reported by Mundo Deportivo that Barcelona are ready to abandon their planned swoop for Wijnaldum. They claim senior players at Barcelona have met with Koeman and told him they don’t want Wijnaldum to sign. They claim, with young talent Ilaix Moribabreaking through, Barca would be better making other additions instead.
Quite how much sway the players have at Barca remains to be seen. However, Mundo Deportivo claims the stance has forced Koeman into a U-turn and a move for Wijnaldum is off. Instead, it’s claimed they will sign Memphis Depay this summer, and then Neymar in 2022. Both would arrive as free agents.