Di Marzio: Milan tried to sign Barcelona sensation that Messi is ‘enormously impressed’ with

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan were interested in signing Pedro Gonzalez Lopez – better known as Pedri – before he ended up joining Barcelona, a report claims.

The 18-year-old has somewhat exploded onto the scene over the last few months as he has been given a change to show what he can do in Barcelona’s first team.

It was back in September 2019 that the Catalan side reached an agreement with Las Palmas for the transfer of Pedri, effective as of the following 1 July 2020 and with a transfer fee of €5m.

He made his Barca and LaLiga debut on 27 September, replacing Philippe Coutinho in a 4–0 home win over Villarreal CF, and he made his first start three weeks later.

Pedri scored his first goal for the club in the Champions League against Ferencvárosi TC after coming on as a substitute, and Guillem Balague recently told the BBC that even Messi is waxing lyrical about the teenager.

Lionel Messi is among those enormously impressed by the youngster’s approach and humility. They are beginning to link up well, with Pedri happy to use some of the space that Messi creates between the lines, especially on the left,” he said.

According to what is being reported by Gianlucadimarzio.com, before Pedri went to Barcelona, ​​Zvonimir Boban had tried to sign him for Milan.

A number of other clubs were interested but it was Barca who got the deal over the line and now appear to have a fantastic talent on their hands.

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