Everton want to sign Flamengo striker Pedro in the summer to bolster their attacking options and “everything seems to indicate” he will move to England.
The Toffees signed striker Neal Maupay in the last summer transfer window but he has managed just one goal so far this season, while there are long-term concerns around the fitness issues of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
And now according to a report by Fichajes.net (2 March), the 25-year-old is a target for Sean Dyche and could leave South America for a fee of around £35.3m in the summer.
“In the next transfer sale, Pedro is one of the best options for Sean Dyche’s team, which occupies third place in the bottom line of the Premier League and could end up [with] an unwanted relegation.
“Everything seems to indicate that Pedro will leave Flamengo due to the pressure of the wishes of the Premier [League].”
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Pedro is clearly a talent, with a total goal tally of 111 goals in 266 games during his club career and ten goals and two assists in ten games this season for Flamengo.
He was also part of the Brazil squad for the most recent World Cup squad, although he failed to make an impact as they crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
But while his goal record is mightily impressive and physically he seems to fit the mould of what Dyche likes in a forward, spending a huge sum of money on him would surely be a risk.
He had previously moved to Europe with Serie A club Fiorentina, making just four appearances over the course of the season before being loaned back to South America, which could suggest he’s not quite of the quality necessary.
That was a long time ago though and he has matured both physically and mentally since then, but £35m for a club with limited funds who have a lot of needs is a big chunk and a big gamble. We must be careful, this isn’t money we can waste.