Brighton & Hove Albion are already making moves ahead of the summer transfer window. The South Coast club have reportedly agreed a massive fee for Watford’s Joao Pedro. According to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian attacker will move to the Seagulls for about $37 million. If the deal becomes official, this would smash Brighton’s transfer record by more than $10 million.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi was asked about the player during a press conference on Friday.
“I don’t know Joao Pedro,” replied the coy De Zerbi.
“No, Joao Pedro is a big, big player but I don’t know if it’s close or not. He’s a great player.
“We are a very good team, we can improve, but it’s not the right moment to speak too much about the transfer market.”
Pedro would be another exciting attacker for Brighton
The Seagulls have been flying under De Zerbi so far this season. Brighton are currently fighting for a European place in the Premier League table, something that the club has never before achieved. The Italian coach has the team playing exciting, attacking soccer as well.
Pedro is currently Watford’s top scorer in the Championship with 11 goals. The 21-year-old forward was the subject of transfer proposals last summer, but ultimately opted to remain with his club. Nevertheless, Watford are struggling in the second-tiered competition and a move away from the team this summer seems likely.
De Zerbi is also chasing Liverpool’s Milner
Along with Pedro, Brighton are also reportedly also chasing James Milner. The Athletic claims that the Seagulls want to bring in the Liverpool midfielder as a free agent this summer. Milner, 37, will depart the Merseyside club after his current contract expires in June.
Milner spent eight seasons with the Reds, collecting four major trophies during his time at Anfield. Although not necessarily a marquee signing, the versatile Englishman has been a key player for Jurgen Klopp. He has featured in at least 35 matches in every season he’s spent with Liverpool.
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