As per a report from the Brazilian outlet GloboEsporte, Liverpool could attempt to make use of an unusual clause in Watford’s deal for Joao Pedro to coax the youngster to Anfield.
Pedro, full name João Pedro Junqueira de Jesus, is a 17-year-old striker.
The teen came up through the youth ranks of Brazilian giants Fluminense, before breaking into the club’s first-team setup for the first time earlier this year.
And to say that Pedro has since gone on to impress would be something of an understatement.
Across 10 appearances to this point in his senior career, the hitman has already notched 7 goals.
This included a 3-goal haul, to go along with an assist, during Fluminense’s 4-1 drubbing of Atletico Nacional on Thursday night, a showing which has since seen the youngster’s name cast into the worldwide spotlight.
Premier League outfit Watford, meanwhile, have actually long-had a deal in place to take Pedro to England.
The Hornets beat out the competition last year, sealing a 2.5 million Euro agreement with Fluminense.
As such, the Selecao sensation was expected to make the move to Vicarage Road in January of next year.
As per the aforementioned report from GloboEsporte, though, Pedro’s Watford switch could yet be complicated by the influence of another Premier League outfit.
Liverpool are now also said to be extremely keen on the towering attacker’s signature, having watched Pedro in action of late.
And a clause in the deal between Fluminense and Watford could yet see the Reds steal the prodigy away from the Hornets.
Any such move would see Watford, though, owed 20 million Euro, with the remainder of the fee to go to Fluminene.
GloboEsporte provide a breakdown of what such a deal could look like:
- Club X (Liverpool) offers, for example, 30 million euros to Fluminense by João Pedro.
- Watford receives 20 million euros in damages.
- And the Tricolor gets the remaining 10 million euros.
- Watford no longer has to pay the € 7.5m bonus
- Flu does not need to return the 2.5 million euros already received