Arsenal Almost Signed Pedro From Barcelona Due To Sanchez ‘Favouritism’
Arsenal came close to signing Pedro Rodriguez from Barcleona in the summer before eventually sealing a £32m deal for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports
The summer transfer window may be closed but managers are already thinking ahead to future transfer windows so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal were close to signing Pedro from Barcelona.
Arsenal came close to signing Pedro Rodriguez from Barcleona in the summer before eventually sealing a £32m deal for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Pedro wanted to leave the Catalans at the end of last season after falling out-of-favour under former boss Tata Martino, with the attacker feeling that the Argentine coach showed favouritism towards Alexis Sanchez during his time at the club.
The Spanish newspaper suggests that Pedro instructed his agent to speak to interested clubs with Arsenal said to be among those interested in luring him away from the Nou Camp.
It’s understood that our proposal was the most appealing and the Spanish international gave serious consideration to making a sensational move to the Emirates Stadium and he even spoke to Cesc Fabregas about life in North London.
However, just as a deal looked on the cards, things collapsed when Martino left Barca and was replaced by Luis Enrique. Not only did the new boss call Pedro directly to assure him he was an important part of his plans, but Barca chief Andoni Zubizarreta publicly declared that he was not for sale.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Pedro told his agent to call off talks with Arsenal as he had changed his mind and although he is yet to establish himself as a regular under Enrique this season, the 27-year-old is happy at the club as he feels he’s being given a fair chance at the first team. favoritism
Obviously it is disappointing to hear we came close to signing a player of Pedro’s quality but things worked out well for Arsenal as we ended up signing Alexis Sanchez after Enrique supposedly made it clear he wasn’t in his immediate first team plans.
So it seems we were in for Pedro when he was unhappy and switched focus when it become apparent it was Sanchez that was available. I’m a huge admirer of Pedro’s but I would have preferred we signed Sanchez anyway, so I think it worked out well for us.
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Either would have been welcomed at the Emirates with open arms but Sanchez is younger, faster and more aggressive, which makes him more suited to the Premier League.
The Chilean has settled well with four goals in his last five games and he has recently won both the goal of the month and player of the month for September.
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