Liverpool twice turned down the chance to sign Corinthians’ 20 year-old midfielder, Pedrinho, who was offered by his agents for €50m, according to Brazilian publication UOL esporte.
Corinthians, who have been in financial difficulty for some time, have been desperate to move Pedrinho on and tried to get his agents Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci to secure him a move to a top European club.
Not only was he offered to the Reds’, but proposals were apparently made to the likes of Ajax, PSG and Chelsea, although no clubs were keen on the player or intended to spend that amount of money.
Corinthians also attempted to shift Pedrinho on loan, with Vitória and Fluminense interested but deals fell through.
The Brazilian, who only has a rate of 0.03 goals a game (2 goals in 53 appearances), who can operate either as an attacking midfielder or right winger, has seen his game stall recently since being awarded best player of the 2017 Copa de São Paulo de Futebol Júnior and is set to spend the upcoming games as a substitute.
His manager, Osmar Loss, has pointed to previous physical problems as being responsible for stunting the youngster’s development, but believes these are now behind him.
With the midfielder in a process of changing his style of play, intensity and dietary requirements, it is clear he is a period of maturation and I very much doubt we’ll be seeing him lining up at Anfield any time soon.