By Sam Stone

30th Nov, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United could land Brazilian ace Pedro after Kaka comments in last 24 hours

Leeds United have a good history when it comes to Brazilian players with Raphinha proving to be one of the smartest pieces of business the club has done.

The 25-year-old joined Leeds for £17million [BBC] in 2020 and was then sold to Barcelona in the summer for a reported fee of £55million [Sky Sports, 15 July]. Getting the winger to Elland Road before he had reached his full potential was a masterstroke from the board.

Raphinha came to Leeds knowing he could use the Elland Road club as a platform to move on to bigger and better things. This is a train of thought which has been reiterated by Brazilian legend, Kaka.

“Today, with the other markets, a lot of things change. A lot of players are going out at 15 or 16, so a lot of them are growing outside of the country,” Kaka told BeIN Sport, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It changed a little bit. At the age of 17 or 18, it’s really hard to understand what’s going to happen. Between 18 and 23, I think this is a key age to move to Europe and to understand if this guy going to do that.

“We are seeing now, a lot of Brazilians going to another club, before going to a big club. So, Raphinha was playing in Leeds. Then he went to Barcelona. Antony was at Ajax, then he went to Manchester United.”

We could well see Leeds repeat the trick with another Brazilian prospect. CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has told GIVEMESPORT (28 November) that Leeds are still “monitoring” Flamengo striker Pedro, with the 25-year-old scoring 29 goals in the 2021/22 season.

Taking Kaka’s comments into consideration, Pedro could well see Leeds United as another stepping stone in his career, with a move to Elland Road potentially allowing him to move on to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, much like Raphinha has done.

For Leeds, this isn’t the worst thing in the world, as it will allow them to acquire top-quality players and also make a profit. Another striker is a must for Jesse Marsch, with Patrick Bamford struggling for form so far this season.

If the American can land a striker and a left-back in January, he will be confident of his side’s chances of avoiding the drop.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.