Premier League clubs Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in bringing Brazilian winger Pedrinho to England.
According to Gazeta Esportiva, Shakhtar Donestk’s Pedrinho is being courted by a host of Brazilian and European clubs. The 23-year-old is free to join any club until the end of the season due to the current situation in Ukraine.
FIFA recently allowed players plying their trades with Ukrainian and Russian clubs to break contracts with their respective clubs temporarily. Players are free to join another club until the end of the ongoing season.
Pedrinho first moved to Europe with Benfica, joining them in an €18 million move from Corinthians in 2020. He did not have the best times in Portugal, scoring once and assisting four times across competitions for the club.
He joined Shakhtar a year later and made 19 appearances for them, scoring four times and assisting three goals. But his career has now been put in limbo with Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
The player has returned to Brazil and is planning his next move. Brazilian club Sao Paulo are said to be interested in the 23-year-old, with manager Rogerio Ceni having a long conversation with the player over a possible move. Palmeiras are also tracking the player’s situation, while Corinthians, too, are eager to have him back.
Premier League clubs Everton and Wolves are also courting the 23-year-old and could make a move to take him on board in the coming days. Wolves, managed by Bruno Lage, supposedly have the upper hand in the transfer saga.
The Portuguese tactician is responsible for bringing the Brazilian winger to Europe as he was the Benfica manager when Pedrinho joined the club. The relationship between the player and their manager leaves Wolves in a better position than the Toffees. Pedrinho can join a new side only until the end of the season, but he could still bag a permanent deal if his short spell is productive.
The aforementioned report claims that the winger is eager to decide on his future by Friday, March 11. Whether he chooses to stay in Brazil or join one of the two interested English clubs remains to be seen.