By Pranav Shahaney

29th Nov, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United could turn to Marcelo Bielsa-backed Brazil striker Pedro in January transfer window

Leeds United could look to follow the Marcelo Bielsa way one more time and make a January transfer move for Flamengo striker Pedro.

The 25-year-old is at the World Cup with Brazil but due to the talent in the side he’s still waiting to make his first appearance in the tournament.

However, he’s seen someone who’s been on the club’s radar for a while so it’s not like they’ll look to sign him on the back of a good showing in Qatar.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs told Give Me Sport on 28 November, “He’s a player that Leeds have been monitoring, even before Jesse Marsch came in, Bielsa really liked him too.

“At the point when Bielsa was tracking him, Pedro didn’t want to leave and thought that it was not the right move to go to a Premier League club.

“He wanted consistency where he was at. Now he’s found that form and he’s broken through into the international setup, as well.

“He’s scoring goals with regularity and it’d be interesting to see whether Leeds try and get ahead of the game here and if off the back of a World Cup, where he may or may not feature significantly, they choose to escalate that deal.”

Coluna Do Fla reported on 24 November that the Whites are desperate to sign a new striker in the summer and have identified Pedro as an option.

The 25-year-old has spent most of his career in Brazil and has 82 career goals to his name so far which is quite impressive for his age.

While he may be slightly on the expensive side, if Victor Orta succeeds in his negotiations, he will be an incredible signing for Leeds.

Flamengo’s social media team certainly likes to label him as “Incredible” and he’ll be an upgrade on whatever options there are at Elland Road.

While Rodrigo’s having a good season, his injury record is not ideal and he’s now on the wrong side of 30.

Bamford has the same issues over his fitness and all the other options are too young and inexperienced to take up the responsibilities of leading the line.

Should there not be any Champions League competition, Leeds will be fancying their chances to sign him.

In other Leeds United, a player Marcelo Bielsa admired may never be seen at Elland Road again with a January transfer very much on the cards.