Barcelona manager Luis Enrique made the decision to omit his defender Gerard Pique from his Champions League squad last night. This was the second game in the row the out of favour Spaniard has been left out of the match-day squad all together and the Daily Mail now think Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will fight it out for his signature.
27-year-old Gerard Pique joined Barcelona in 1997 and was a member of their academy until 2004 when Manchester United snapped him up. He continued his development with the Red Devils youth set up before making his professional debut but for Man United in October of that year. Pique’s stay in England only consisted of 12 Premier League appearances as well as a loan spell back to Spain with Real Zaragoza.
In May 2008, Barcelona came back in for their former defender and paid £5m to take him back to the Camp Nou. Since then he has played 170 La Liga fixtures for the Catalan giants, 274 ties in all competitions. In this time he has won 4 league titles, 2 Copa del Reys, 4 Supercopa de Españas, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues and 2 FIFA World Club Cups. He was vital under the phenomenal side of Pep Guardiola but has significantly fallen out of favour with Luis Enrique. This means he has seen his role reduced and it is now believed he is looking for a way out in January.
Pique has earned 63 Spanish caps, being part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning squad and the Euro 2012 winning squad. His series of high profile mistakes mean Barcelona are willing to listen to offers with Manchester United and Chelsea both though to have submitted offer worth over £20m. Manchester City will also look to bolster their defence and Pique will have some decision to make in the near future.