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Real Madrid individual reportedly keen on five-goal Championship attacker

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Real Madrid scout Juni Calafat is targeting a move for Watford striker Joao Pedro, a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central has claimed.

Pedro has enjoyed an impressive start to the Championship season with the Hornets, scoring five goals in 14 league appearances to help his side to third place in the second-tier table.

Now it seems as though the 19-year-old is starting to attract some high profile attention from elsewhere on the continent.

According to the latest reports, Calafat – who has helped bring some of Pedro’s fellow Brazilians such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo to Madrid in the past few years – has been monitoring the progress of the Watford man during the opening exchanges of the current campaign.

It is thought that Calafat has now made a request to those higher up the Real hierarchy to open negotiations over a move for Pedro, and while the club are said to have other targets, it has been pointed out that the Spanish giants have listened to the scout before.

As things stand, there are still four-and-a-half years remaining on Pedro’s contract with Watford, although the report claims that the Championship club do not anticipate keeping him for the entirety of that deal.

Instead, it has been suggested that the Hornets will instead look to sell the attacker to the highest bidder at some point in the future, with the club reportedly valuing Pedro at €12million, a price that is expected to rise if he continues to impress this season.

The Verdict

This is an interesting one to consider.

Pedro has made a really strong start to the Championship season for Watford, so it is perhaps no surprise he is starting to attract attention from elsewhere.

However, you still feel as though this would be a bit too much of a step up for the teenager at this moment in time, especially with the pressure that will be on in the Spanish capital at the minute.

Even so, you do feel as though this a move Pedro will be tempted to make if the opportunity arises, given the chance to play for a club with the size and pedigree of Real Madrid is not something many players would want to turn down.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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