Pedro González López, know in football circles as Pedri, signed for
Barcelona last September in exchange for five million euros.
16 at the time, he’s now 17, and is playing regularly this season for
Las Palmas in the Spanish second division before joining up with Barça,
coronavirus pending, in the summer.
Despite his years, he’s
already playing a level above Barça B and his contract with the Catalan
club states that he will only play in the first or second division. If
Barça B don’t get promoted, he can only play for the first team. And
that’s the idea at the moment.
Pedri will join Barça at the
end of July, when Quique Setien’s side are scheduled to start
preseason. The attacking midfielder will do preseason with the first
team and could spend all season with them — or he could be loaned to
another team in Spain’s top two divisions.
Setien has are positive but he wants to see him close up before taking a
decision. He wants to see how he competes with the first team players
but also with the B team players that train with the first team. There’s
competition in that sense from Collado, Monchi and Riqui Puig.
now, midfield at Camp Nou is crowded. But there could be exits this
summer. Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic, for example, are among players
that could leave.
Barca have still not decided what
preseason will entail. The USA was an option but coronavirus has put
everything on hold. The only thing for certain is that whenever and
wherever it is, Pedri will be involved.