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Porto and Benfica battling to sign Watford ace, report claims

Porto and Benfica are battling to sign Watford striker Joao Pedro, reports TEAMtalk.

Pedro, 20, signed for Watford in 2019. He joined later on in 2020 and made his debut for the club at the end of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

The Hornets suffered relegation that season but in the following Championship campaign, Pedro featured 38 times in the league and scored nine goals, making for an impressive first full season with the club.

He helped fire them to promotion but couldn’t prevent them from yet another relegation last time round, scoring three times in the top flight but featuring 28 times and gaining some great experience.

Now though, an emerging report from TEAMtalk has revealed that Portuguese giants Porto and Benfica are battling to sign Pedro this summer.

Pedro is under contract at Vicarage Road until 2027. His deal was extended last year and so Porto or Benfica may have to pay big money to bring in Pedro this summer.

What next for Pedro?

Pedro has shown in the past that he can deliver at Championship level. And returning to the English second tier on the back of paying a lot of minutes in the Premier League will surely see him score even more goals next time round.

Watford manager Rob Edwards has a player on his hands in Pedro but interest from the likes of Porto and Benfica may be tempting for the Brazilian striker – given his contract situation though, the ball is very much in Watford’s court.

On the other hand, Watford could set a lofty asking price for Pedro this summer.

If they sell him for a big fee then Edwards may have some more money to bolster his side this summer, but if the Hornets keep Pedro then they have a decent striker at their disposal ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

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