Man Utd stepping up attempts to wrap up deal for Fluminense academy graduate

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Manchester United have started talks to sign Fluminense forward Pedro, according to the latest reports in Brazil.

The 21-year-old talent was close to signing for La Liga outfit Real Madrid last summer but his move was collapsed after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury which kept Pedro sidelined for seven months.

According to a Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte, the Red Devils were also interested in landing the forward, although they didn’t make a formal bid at the time.

But now an official from United has approached Fluzao to get an update on the player’s current situation after his recovery from his severe knee injury.

Los Blancos were willing to pay €25m (£22m) to land Pedro but now Fluminense are unwilling to sell their striker until after the presidential election on June 8.

He made his senior debut for the Brazilian club three years ago and has netted 17 goals in 50 matches for the Brazilian club.

The 21-year-old star given his first call-up to his country’s national team last August but was forced to pull out because of his knee injury.

Pedro, who is also being tracked by Atalanta, Inter and Bordeaux, is set to appear for his nation at the Toulon Tournament in June.

Meantime, Barcelona star Jasper Cillessen has reportedly agreed to personal terms with SL Benfica ahead of a potential switch to the Portuguese club in this summer’s transfer market, according to Goal.com,

Manchester United have been connected with the Dutch goalkeeper as a possible replacement for David de Gea, who could depart Old Trafford this summer but it appears that Jasper has agreed on a deal to join Aguias.