Former Barcelona attacker Pedro has expressed his desire to retire at Camp Nou, admitting that he would return to the La Liga champions to finish his career, but he believes it’s unlikely to happen. Pedro left Barcelona in 2015 after a six-year stint with the club, during which he made 321 appearances, scoring 99 goals and providing 62 assists. The 36-year-old, who is currently playing for Lazio in Serie A, has stated that while retiring at Barcelona would be “spectacular,” he sees it as a distant and difficult prospect. Nonetheless, he mentioned that if Xavi, the current Barcelona coach, were to call him regarding a return, he would accept without hesitation. With his contract set to expire next year, Pedro’s future in football is uncertain, but he has expressed a willingness to return to Camp Nou if given the opportunity to do so.
In other news, Barcelona have reportedly lowered their asking price for Raphinha, a player who has attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. According to reports, Barcelona’s valuation of Raphinha has dropped to €70 million. The Brazilian winger, who joined Barcelona from Leeds United in 2022, has been the subject of speculation about a potential return to the Premier League. Both Arsenal and Chelsea had previously attempted to sign Raphinha, and with Barcelona’s reduced asking price, a move back to the English top flight could be on the cards for the 26-year-old. Arsenal, in particular, had been deterred by Barcelona’s initial asking price of €100 million, but with the adjusted valuation, they may re-enter the race for his signature. Chelsea, meanwhile, are continuing to rebuild under manager Mauricio Pochettino and are expected to strengthen their attacking options.