Could Manchester United look to Brazil to strengthen this summer?
According to Globo Esporte, United have made enquiries for Fluminense attacker Pedro.
Before we get into whether this is likely or not, here’s a look at five facts about the potential signing…
- Pedro is a 21-year-old striker who scored 19 goals in 2018.
- He earned an international call up for Brazil before suffering a knee injury last August. AS report he was set to sign for Real Madrid prior to this.
- Pedro made his league debut in 2016, coming on for Richarlison, who was subsequently sold to Watford, and is now at Everton.
- He is fit again, recently scoring twice for Fluminense, and he has been named in Brazil’s Toulon Tournament squad, with the under-20s competition kicking off on June 1.
- Pedro has a £44m release clause in his contract, which runs until 2021, but Real’s agreement was reportedly for half that, at £22m, before the deal fell through, Football Espana reported. This indicates United could land him for a similar price.
United will need extra options up front and Pedro would fit the age and talent profile of players the club should be targeting.
Given his recent injury and the mixed fortunes of South Americans adapting to the Premier League, there is reason for United to be wary. Still, his former clubmate Richarlison has been a big hit in England.
This sounds like talk from Pedro’s agent to try and ignite a market for his client and land a move to Europe. Are United genuinely interested, or are they just being used, again?
We’d be surprised if this is a move which came off, but it’s one to watch and bear in mind over the summer months to come.