Man Utd, Liverpool and Barcelona want to steal Joao Pedro, 17, from Watford – the Brazilian wonderkid who has never played a game for Hornets

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BARCELONA are reportedly trying to snatch Brazilian wonderkid Joao Pedro from Watford, rivalling interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

Not yet old enough to complete his move to Hertfordshire, the attacker has enjoyed a spectacular start to his professional career at Fluminense.

Man Utd, Liverpool and Barcelona want to steal Joao Pedro, 17, from Watford – the Brazilian wonderkid who has never played a game for Hornets1 Barca reckon they can persuade Watford to sell the talented wingerCredit: AFP or licensors

Watford moved fast to secure the teenager's future when paying an initial £2million in September – before he had made his senior debut.

It appears they got more of a bargain than many anticipated with Pedro blasting in the goals back in Brazil, registering three times in the league and a further three in the Copa Sudamericana – South America's Europa League equivalent.

Such form has convinced Barcelona general manager Pep Segura that he is a talent worth pursuing, according to Catalan newspaper Sport.

It is reported the La Liga champions have talked to the player about him breaking his contract with Watford to head to Spain.

And their hastiness is being increased by United and Liverpool pondering similar moves.

Barcelona are reportedly convinced they can strike a deal with Watford to prevent the FA Cup finalists seeing through their deal with Fluminense.

I'm going to see the contract. Let's see if there is a possibility to make him stay longer.

Fluminense chief Bittencourt on keeping Pedro in Brazil

Either way, Pedro will remain in Brazil until he turns 18 in September, meaning a switch in the following January window.

Before that, Watford increased the hype around their incoming arrival by having Pedro's mother and stepfather over for a visit round Vicarage Road earlier this week.

But the winger's exit from Rio de Janeiro will leave a number of question marks at his old team.

New club president Mario Bittencourt is unhappy with how he was allowed to leave and wants to keep him longer.

He recently stated: "[Pedro's] sale has messed with us all, not just for the sale, but the way the sale was made.

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"There is no criticism about the suitability of the sale, which was made without any kind of problem.

"The point is that the club could have tried another way, another solution, before raffling such a talented player for such a low value.

"I'm going to see the contract. Let's see if there is a possibility to make him stay longer."

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