At the weekend, Crystal Palace were named as one of several Premier League sides who are interested in signing Flamengo striker Pedro.
Journalist Guillem Balague said the Selhurst Park side are along with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the chase for the 24-year-old.
Now even though a few English clubs were named in that report, there’s a reason why Crystal Palace have received most attention from the Brazilian media. That’s because one of their shareholders, John Textor, has just purchased Botafogo.
So since that story came out, rumours started saying the businessman could buy Pedro for the London side and loan him out to his new club, who are Flamengo’s local rivals in Rio de Janeiro.
When getting more information on this story, journalist Jorge Nicola asked Pedro’s staff specifically about Crystal Palace. And the response he received was that there’s been ‘absolutely no contact’ from the Selhurst Park side so far.
Despite being a good striker, Pedro has been living under the shadow of Gabriel Barbosa during the past couple of years, and should look for a way out to a club where he can play more. He only has three goals and one assist in nine appearances this season.