Corinthians winger Pedrinho has emerged as a potential target for the Gunners this summer, with the 17-year-old widely considered one of the most talented youngsters in Brazil.

On Wednesday it was reported that Edu had held talks with the president of Corinthians Duilio Monteiro Alves over striking a potential deal for the player.

Speaking on Goal Brasil’s YouTube channel, Brazilian journalist Thiago Fernandes confirmed the meeting, stating that Edu has expressed interest in making an offer for Pedrinho.

While the teenager received a glowing review from teammate Cassio, who told Globo Esporte in April: “For me, Pedrinho has everything to be the best [young] player since I’ve been here. Exceptional. Trains a lot. The best boy I’ve seen. I hope it stays that way.”

And now it looks as though Edu may have found an alternative route to Pedrinho, who is said to have a release clause of €120 million (£103m).

Edu’s wife, Paula, posted a video on her Instagram story clinking her pint glass with two others, who she tagged as husband, Edu, and Caio Mello, the physio at Corinthians between 2010 and 2022.

It remains to be seen whether Pedrinho was the subject of their meet-up, or if it was merely a friendly drink.

Better still, supporters may speculate whether Edu was out celebrating business, with Declan Rice’s prospective move to the Emirates hanging on a knife-edge.

The Gunners have reportedly submitted two bids for the West Ham midfielder, with the latest said to be worth up to £90m including add-ons.

However, the Hammers are insistent on any club meeting their £100 million asking price. Meanwhile, Manchester City are thought to be weighing up a huge bid for the 24-year-old, which could throw a spanner in the works.

 

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