Manchester United may have a solution to Andreas Pereira’s long-standing problem.
Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte report that newly-promoted Fulham have shown interest in Pereira and have even reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with Manchester United.
No formal offers have been submitted but the two clubs have put in place the framework of a move worth £8m plus £2m in bonuses.
It would be a bargain for United, with current loan club Flamengo refusing to pay the £8.5m purchase option in their loan deal, which expires on June 30.
“Agreement in principle”
United have some work to do to complete the deal. UOL Esporte report that the Red Devils are talking to Andreas Pereira’s representatives to try and convince him to make the move.
The report says the decision is in Pereira’s hands and he may not have given up on his pipe dream of winning over new United boss Erik ten Hag.
It would be a foolish hope that Pereira would cling to. He hasn’t played a competitive first-team game for Manchester United since August 2020.
Pereira’s contract at United expires in 2023, and there is virtually no chance he will be offered an extension.
Fulham boss Marco Silva is said to be very fond of Pereira, and the player is interested in returning to the Premier League one day or another.
Flamengo said last week that they had not given up on Pereira, via Lance, with vice-president Marco Braz describing the situation as “complex”.
They gave up the option to buy because they couldn’t afford it and therefore hoped they could sign Pereira for less than £5million.
Now the only way that can happen is if Pereira pushes for a stay at the Brazilian club and turns down the move from Fulham.
United will urge him to accept Fulham’s offer, netting the club a total of £10million if all bonuses are paid.
Pereira’s situation has been problematic for United for the past two years, with no club submitting standing offers for his services.
Now Fulham look set to do United a favor, potentially recouping the cash difference United haggled with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong. Let’s hope he makes the trip.
An ‘agreement in principle’ doesn’t mean a deal is done, but United are much closer to getting rid of Pereira for good than they were at the start of the weekend.