Manchester United, Tottenham made approach for Pedro Lima, lose race to Chelsea

Manchester United and Tottenham have reportedly submitted enquiries for Pedro Lima, who will likely join Chelsea from Sport Recife.

According to a report by Graeme Bailey on HITC, Manchester United and Tottenham are keen on signing Pedro Lima. The two Premier League heavyweights have submitted enquiries for the 17-year-old right-back, who has sealed an agreement on personal terms. Meanwhile, the Sport Recife wonderkid is also a target for Real Madrid.

Pedro Lima: The latest Brazilian wonderkid

Pedro Henrique Cardoso de Lima, better known as Pedro Lima, is the latest Brazilian wonderkid to rise in prominence in his homeland. A native of Cabedelo, he began his youth career at EC Meninos da Paraiba before joining Sport Club do Recife in 2021.

Since then, the 17-year-old has come leaps and bounds, establishing a foothold in the first-team squad at Sport Recife. Lima has been busy in the 2024 season, turning out 30 times in different age-group levels, chipping in with two goals and two assists. Meanwhile, the youngster’s progress has not gone unnoticed, alerting top European clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham.

Europe beckons?

Chelsea first showed interest in securing Pedro Lima’s services in April. Since then, the Blues have stepped up their interest in signing the 17-year-old wonderkid. With Reece James’s fitness levels not being up to the mark, the youngster is a viable target for Chelsea. And a move is close, with personal terms not an issue.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Tottenham have submitted enquiries for Pedro Lima. The Red Devils need a long-term right-back solution amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. As for Tottenham, they will likely sell Emerson Royal this summer.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Brazilian wonderkid is understandable. With Dani Carvajal on the wrong side of 30, the Merengues need to lay down a succession plan for the Spaniard. Lima can learn the ropes from Carvajal before becoming the first-choice right-back for Real Madrid.

However, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Real Madrid will lose the race to secure Pedro Lima’s services, with Chelsea closing in on signing him. So, the three European bigwigs must look elsewhere for a young right-back.

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