It looks like Man United are about to land Pedro – just not the one they were expecting. Can Joao Pedro become a defensive star at Old Trafford?
While Man United have been in hot pursuit of Barcelona superstar Pedro, the Red Devils have another Pedro on their roster: namely, Palmeiras defender Joao Pedro.
According to Fox Sports, Man United have begun negotiating with the Brazilian club for the 18-year-old right back and have offered €4 million (£2.8 million) for his services. The Metro reported that Palmeiras have not yet replied to Man United’s offer for their rising star.
Joao Pedro Maturano dos Santos, known simply as Joao Pedro, made 18 appearances and scored a goal in his first senior season with the Sao Paolo-based club. Joao Pedro has also made six appearances for Brazil’s Under-20 team.
Louis van Gaal has been eager to get a superstar added to his defense with the club notably making heavy overtures to Real Madrid for Sergio Ramos. But the La Liga giants have been silent in that matter, leaving Van Gaal to approach the future of his defense in another manner.