£18m ace in advanced talks with Wolverhampton
Wolves reportedly held talks to bring Pedrinho to the Premier League but, speaking to Gazeta TV, the Shakhtar Donetsk forward admits that he ‘dreams of moving to Europe’
Pedrinho, like so many players based in Russia or Ukraine, has a difficult decision to make as the transfer window creaks open.
The ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe means staying at Shakhtar is no longer a realistic possibility, with Wolves one of many clubs willing to offer the Brazilian playmaker a fresh start away from war-torn Ukraine.
Pedrinho’s agent admitted back in April that Wolverhampton Wanderers had held ‘advanced’ negotiations with an £18 million attacking midfielder who briefly played under Molineux boss Bruno Lage at Benfica
And Pedrinho admits that he will now consider the options available to him. Goal-shy Wolves crying out for an injection of creativity and unpredictability in the final third, and the presence of Lage should give the Black Country side an advantage over their rival suitors.
“At the time the war started, everything was happening very fast. There was little time. So my agent and I decided to see how things would turn out. Now, we have to wait. We can’t make hasty decisions,” Pedrinho says.
The diminutive forward is currently keeping himself fit at Corinthians’ training ground, having not played a competitive game in six months. And Pedrinho would be open to the idea of re-joining the club where he made his name from 2017 to 2020, having turned down the chance to sign for Corinthians’ Serie A rivals Sao Paulo.
“Wherever I am, I just want to play football and show my talent, whether in Europe or here in Brazil,” explains Pedrinho.
“(Sao Paulo coach) Rogerio Ceni called me, but I have a story that I managed to create in Corinthians. This club has always been my priority.
“I am very calm. Every footballer dreams of moving to Europe, but I don’t see a problem staying in Brazil.