Barcelona, for all their domestic success on the pitch, still have a “€200m” problem on their hands ahead of the next season.
Early in March, La Liga president Javier Tebas claimed Barca have to lower their expenditure on wages by around €200m. In order to do so, the La Liga leaders might be forced to let some of their marquee names depart in the summer transfer window.
If Barcelona do decide to sell their stars, no doubt, Premier League clubs will be first in the queue. Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with Frenkie de Jong, and Brazilian winger Raphinha has attracted interest from Arsenal. Meanwhile, the dramatic situation concerning Gavi’s registration has thrown his future into doubt.
However, one name that is certain to stay in Catalonia, at least this summer, is Pedri. Arguably Xavi’s most important player, the Spaniard is tied to Barcelona until 2026. His contract includes a release clause of €1 billion.
“Must not rule anything out” – Barcelona midfielder Pedri on PL move
But considering the financial might of Premier League giants, and the Catalan outfit’s seemingly never-ending woes, nothing should be ruled out.
In a recent interview (via The Mirror), Pedri insisted he has no immediate plans to depart Camp Nou but refused to rule out a move to the Premier League in the future.
"“I’m at Barcelona and hopefully I’ll stay here for many more years. I love LaLiga but we must not rule anything out.”"
For now, though, the Spanish midfielder is fully focused on returning to full fitness.
Pedri last featured for Barcelona in February against United in the Europa League. He was unable to join the Spain squad for their games against Norway and Scotland and has also been ruled out of the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid.