Barcelona forward Pedro’s decision to consider his Camp Nou future at the end of the season could see him end up at Anfield if Liverpool sell Raheem Sterling.
The 27-year-old World Cup winner would command £90,000-a-week wages – £10,000 less than Liverpool have offered their 20-year-old winger.
If that price does not deter Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal or Real Madrid then Pedro, who has been looked at before by Brendan Rodgers, would become a realistic target for Liverpool.
The two-times Champions League winner is set to start for Barcelona tonight against Almeria but only so that Neymar or Luis Suarez can be rested ahead of a vital away trip to Sevilla at the weekend.
Pedro is believed to be tired of being the fourth man in Barcelona’s all-star three-man attack and Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have also shown an interest in him.
Joining his former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern would leave Pedro with the same difficulty when it came to getting into the first team that he encounters at Barcelona, while Inter would not be able to match Liverpool in terms of wages.
Rodgers admitted at the weekend that finishing outside the Champions League creates a problem when trying to sign top players but a regular starting place in Liverpool’s XI could be just as important for Pedro.
Barcelona cannot sign players until January 2016 but that will not stop them selling this summer if the price is right. Alex Song will also be allowed to leave the club.
Two men the Catalans want to keep are Xavi Hernandez and Dani Alves. Xavi looks set to move to Qatar where he was pictured recently meeting representatives of Al Saad and touring the Aspire Academy. He does however want to delay a formal announcement until the end of the season.
Alves has offers from several big European clubs but has not ruled out staying at Barcelona if they improve on the one-year contract extension they have so far offered him.