Barcelona manager Luis Enrique won’t block the exit of Pedro Rodriguez as long as the striker’s suitor comes up with the right price.
“Those who want to leave the club can do so as long as their buy-out clause is covered,” Luis Enrique said after Barcelona opened their pre-season US tour with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night.
Pedro recently inked a new contract with Barcelona that lowered his buyout clause to 30 million euros ($33m, u00a321m).
But he is thought to want to leave after finding himself behind the star trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Premier League champions Chelsea and Liverpool have been reported to be interested, as have Manchester United — who face Barcelona in an International Champions Cup friendly on Friday at Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco Giants.
“I have spoken with Pedro. I told him what I think and he told me what he thinks,” said Luis Enrique, who declined to elaborate on that conversation.
“If he comes out and says something, I will say something,” said the coach, who was even less forthcoming on the subject of Adriano’s future amid reports of the full-back is poised for a move to Roma.
“I have not spoken to him because these are all rumors right now,” Luis Enrique said of Adriano’s situation.