According to the Chronicle, Chelsea winger Pedro has already been offered Newcastle United’s way ahead of a £300m takeover on Tyneside.
The 32-year-old Spaniard is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a free this summer – and it’s now reported that we are one of several clubs in contention for his signature.
Lee Ryder’s latest piece hints that we could see a few star players who are due to be out of contract this summer arrive at St James’ Park – suggesting the prospective new owners will shop smart, not just spend money willy-nilly.
Here’s a snippet from The Chronicle’s latest report on the transfer front:
‘One name that is thought to have already been put to Newcastle is Chelsea’s former Barcelona star Pedro who will see his contract end this summer.
‘At 32 he is the type of player that Ashley would avoid signing but with wage demands of top stars about to drop and new funds set to arrive on Tyneside, a player of this stature could come into the reckoning.
‘Pedro’s representatives have drawn up a list of possible destinations for the Spanish international and Newcastle’s financial clout would put them into contention.‘
As Ryder alludes to in the article, this is exactly the sort of player Mike Ashley’s tedious transfer policy wouldn’t have allowed us to sign – but it seems such restrictions will be lift when a Saudi-backed buyout is announced.
Pedro is now in the twilight years of his career, but with his wealth of Premier League experience, World Cup winners medal and record of 99 goal and 62 assists in 321 appearances at Barcelona, I don’t think many would turn their noses up should he sign on a free at St James’ Park this summer!
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