By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza

Barcelona are considering using Pedro at right-back next season amid doubts over the future of Dani Alves, Football Insider sources understand.

The Spanish giants believe that Pedro could be a surprise successor to Alves on the right side of the defence.

The Brazilian, 32, has failed to reach agreement with Barca on a contract extension and is a target of Paris Saint-Germain.

The French champions are ready to hand Alves a three-year deal to secure his signature, paving the way for Barcelona to rejig their defence next season.

The future of Pedro is in doubt as he has slipped down the pecking order at Camp Nou in the last two seasons and is out of contract in 12 months.

The Academy graduate has a highly creditable record of 16 goals in 24 starts this season but has been used almost predominantly as a substitute in the key matches, when manager Luis Enrique favours the holy trinity of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona believe Pedro has the attributes to take over the offensive right-back role in which Alves has been such a huge success since joining from Sevilla eight years ago.

The player will need to be convinced that it would be the right career move for him amid strong interest from clubs across Europe in signing him as a forward.