It's been years since Barcelona were so enthusiastic about the progression of a player. It's come out this week that the club will have to pay Liverpool €20 million if Philippe Coutinho plays 10 more games for the club. It's a nightmare for the club on a financial level keeping in mind his performances. However, with Pedri it's the reverse. The cost of his transfer increased proportionally with the level of excitement he is generating among supporters.
At first, Pedri cost Barça €5m plus €1m, an amount that UD Las Palmas have already received. The Canary Islanders are following their former player's development closely because they can still make more money. In fact, if all the add-ons are met, they will make more than €20m on the midfielder, four times more than the amount first announced by the Catalan club.
Seeing Pedri's performances, and keeping in mind the confidence shown in him by Ronald Koeman, there's acknowledgment at Camp Nou that all the variables will be met sooner than later as things stand. In fact, the club are already preparing to pay Las Palmas another €4m at the end of the season, taking the total cost of the transfer so far to €10m.
Among the variables there are clauses related to playing for the Spanish national team, too. So far, Luis Enrique hasn't called on Pedri but the option of him going to the European Championships next summer increases all the time. He's currently with the U21 squad but a senior call up is anticipated in the New Year.