Liverpool will make a huge push for Barcelona midfielder Pedri in next summer’s transfer window, according to reports.
The Spaniard is regarded as one of the most promising players in world football after making impressing in a brilliant debut season for the Catalan giants.
Barcelona paid Las Palmas €5m – a fee which could increase depending on his peformances – in 2020 to bring Pedri to the Camp Nou.
Pedri started 28 matches in La Liga last term, contributing three goals and three assists, while the 18-year-old has started two of Barcelona’s three league matches so far this campaign.
Liverpool lost Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer in the summer with calls from some pundits and fans to bring in a replacement.
However, they didn’t and youngster Harvey Elliott and fit-again Naby Keita have been doing a good job covering in central midfield so far.
But OK Diario journalist Eduardo Inda appeared on El Chiringuito (via Sport Witness) to say: “Liverpool and City want the most spectacular promise of Spain and European football: Pedri. His contract expires at the end of June, although Barcelona have an automatic renewal clause.”
OK Diario adds to Inda’s comments by claiming that Liverpool boss Klopp is ‘in love’ with Pedri and appreciates the ‘style, pace and vision’ of the midfielder, who the German boss reckons would be a ‘perfect fit’ at Anfield.
The report continued by saying that Liverpool are prepared to pay €100m (£86m) for Pedri, which would smash the £75m record amount they paid Southampton to take Virgil van Dijk to Merseyside.
It is claimed that fellow Premier League side Manchester City are also keeping a close eye on Pedri’s situation with Barcelona hoping his ‘attachment’ to the club will keep him at the Camp Nou.
Naturally, the Spain international has been likened to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and has previously described the comparisons as “nice”.
Pedri told Marca in June: “It’s a pride that they compare me with Iniesta because he is a great player and person. But I have to be Pedri and try to have my career. Iniesta is a great player, it’s nice they compare me with him, but I will try to do my own thing.”