Liverpool are considering a move to sign Barcelona forward Pedro in the summer transfer window, according to the Catalan newspaper Sport.
The Reds are resigned to losing Raheem Sterling and Brendan Rodgers has identified the Spain international as a replacement for the winger. The 20-year-old has two years left on his contract and has rejected a chance to sign a new deal.
The England international's agent has confirmed his client will leave the Merseyside club, which has prompted interest from Manchester City. The 2013/14 Premier League winners have already seen two bids rejected by Liverpool, the latest one being a bid of £40m ($63.3m).
The Anfield club value him £50m ($79.16m) and will only let Sterling leave Liverpool if City matches their asking price, reports the Guardian. Former Reds manager Roy Evans claims the contract for the rebel's move away from his current employers has already been sealed.
With Sterling nearing a summer exit, Liverpool needs to bring in a replacement to fill in the void left by his potential departure. The former Swansea boss has set his sights on Pedro to replace the unhappy player at the club.
The forward signed a new deal at Barcelona, which will keep him at Camp Nou until 2019. However, the emergence of Neymar and Luis Suarez, along with Lionel Messi will see him struggle to get regular playing time.
Pedro is open to a move to the Premier League as he believes the style of play in England will suit him. He is attracting interest from several clubs as he looks to consider his future with Luis Enrique's side.
Pedro aims to make it to the Spain squad for next summer's European championship. With no playing time assurances at Barcelona, he is open to a summer exit and has alerted potential suitors.
Any move from Liverpool for Pedro will see them face competition from Arsenal. The Mirror claims the Gunners have already made contact with Barcelona as Arsene Wenger looks to seal a move for his long-term transfer target.