Leeds United could make a late move to bring Pedro to Elland Road on transfer deadline day.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, with the Italian journalist revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that Victor Orta has been tracking Flamengo centre-forward over the course of the summer transfer window. He went on to suggest that, should the Spaniard wish to bring the 25-year-old in the final hours of the market, he will have to move extremely quickly.
Regarding the Whites’ interest in the Brazil international, the transfer insider said: “I’m told that the player they have been monitoring for a long time is Pedro from Flamengo, the Brazilian striker. But the problem with South American transfers is the timing. Of course, now we’re close to the end of the window, so they need to be fast if they want to do a South American deal.”
Considering just how impressive Pedro has been for Flamengo this season, coupled with the fact that all of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been linked with the striker this summer, the argument that the 25-year-old would be a huge coup for the Whites is an extremely easy one to make.
Indeed, the £10.8m-rated forward has been in scintillating form over his 19 Brazilian Serie A appearances – only eight of which have come as starts – in 2022, scoring seven goals, registering three assists and creating four big chances, as well as taking 1.9 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.
However, it is his returns over his 11 Copa Libertadores fixtures which have most caught the eye, with the 25-year-old bagging 11 goals – including a hat-trick in the first leg of the semi-final – providing one assist and creating six big chances, in addition to taking 2.2 shots – 1.4 of which have hit the target – making 0.9 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.
These metrics have seen the striker – who boasts a £110m release clause – average an impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.35, not only ranking him as Flamengo’s third-best performer in the competition but also as the joint 27th-best player in the tournament as a whole.
With Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt having both struggled with injuries so far this season, coupled with Rodrigo suffering a dislocated shoulder in the draw against Everton on Tuesday, it is clear that Jesse Marsch could use greater depth up top prior to the passing of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
It may well be a tricky deal for Orta to pull off, but considering just how deadly a striker Pedro has proven to be in Brazil, the 25-year-old would very much appear to be an exceptional signing for the Spaniard to get over the line in the coming hours.