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Liverpool make £70m Barcelona wonderkid transfer priority

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Pedri, the Barcelona wonderkid, has been named as a ‘priority transfer target’ for Liverpool this summer.

The Reds are reportedly intensifying their interest in the midfielder, who has been compared to Andres Iniesta, according to Mundo Deportivo (via the Daily Star).

The 18-year-old has a £70 million release clause, which may be out of reach for the Reds, but with Georginio Wijnaldum set to join Paris Saint-Germain, they will be looking for replacements in that area.

In the summer of 2019, Pedri was signed for £18 million from Las Palmas before being loaned back to the Spanish club.

His first season with the Barcelona first squad was in 2020-21, when he thrived under Ronald Koeman, starting 28 La Liga games and contributing three goals and three assists.

The Catalans are hoping to sign the midfielder to a new contract amid interest from other clubs, including Bayern Munich.

This season, Koeman has been criticized of overworking Pedri, but the Dutch manager saw the teenager as a fantastic prospect from the start.

When asked about his initial thoughts on his team, Koeman said:

“There’s one, his name is Pedri, signed from Las Palmas.

“I don’t know him, but they say he must be the new Laudrup, the new Iniesta, but I don’t know him. We’ll see. He’s the greatest talent in all of Spain.”

And Pedri credits Koeman for giving him the confidence to perform regularly.

He said: “He surprised me because I didn’t think he was the way he is. He takes a chance on youth team players.

“I would like him to continue and if not I wish him all the luck in the world. He has given me a lot of confidence.

“The day of the presentation I was in a restaurant, where I greeted him and he told me that he didn’t know me well and that I had to prove myself. Now he has given me confidence and I thank him for that.”

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