Chelsea winger Pedro is wanted by Japanese club Vissel Kobe, According to Goal. Despite playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup, the 32-year-old has found minutes hard to come by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The Spaniard has made 195 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Barcelona five years ago but has made just 12 appearances this season with just four starts in the Premier League.
Pedro would be the latest star name to arrive in the Japanese league after Vissel Kobe previously signed high-profile names such as David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen, while former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres also moved to Japan to play for Sagan Tosu.
MLS club Inter Miami, co-owned by David Beckham, have also shown interest in signing Pedro. Inter Miami will reportedly give Pedro the chance to leave Stamford Bridge after the January transfer deadline with the US window running from February 12 until March 5.
Lampard recently insisted Pedro is part of his plans.
“He is part of my plans, I started the season and he was in my team, and then, unfortunately, he got injured at Norwich before the game, and I had to make a change. Then he was out for a while, and I do have competition in that area,” Lampard recently said. “He has had bits here and there, I know he wants more games, I get that. But he certainly has something that he can contribute here with his experience and his ability to break lines and run behind people and maybe get those goals in and around the box.
“He is here, I know his contract is up at the end of the season but I am not even looking that far ahead. He is here, he is part of the squad and I need everybody because football can change very quickly. There can be a period of games where you are on the bench, out of the squad, something changes and that is the moment that you have to come in and produce. “I have got no winners in this game, I want the club to be the winner. People come in and do well; they stay in the team.”