Andreas Pereira has pocketed Man Utd a tidy sum after completing his move to Fulham, and the midfielder revealed who played a pivotal role in making the deal happen.
The 26-year-old’s time at Old Trafford has come to an end after 11 years on the club’s books. Pereira has officially joined Premier League new boys Fulham, with the deal confirmed on both the Cottagers’ and Red Devils’ websites.
A Fulham statement revealed Pereira has penned a four-year deal running until 2026. Marco Silva’s side have a club option to extend his stay by a further 12 months.
Fulham’s statement described the fee as ‘undisclosed’, though transfer guru Fabrizio Romano was on top of the finances last week.
Romano tweeted Manchester United would receive an initial £10m that could rise to £13m pending add-ons. That represents excellent business for United given Pereira had no future under new boss Erik ten Hag.
Regarding the move, Pereira stressed the importance of Fulham manager Marco Silva.
Silva previously played a pivotal role in bringing Joao Palhinha to Craven Cottage at Wolves’ expense. According to Pereira, the Portuguese boss was again at the heart of their latest coup.
“I’m very happy to be here and I can’t wait to start the season with Fulham,” said Pereira.
“I want to help Fulham as much as I can to be where they belong. Marco Silva was very important for this. I spoke a lot with him, and he was a key factor in me being here.”
Fulham co-owner, Tony Khan, added: “It’s a tremendous pleasure to welcome Andreas Pereira to Fulham! Andreas is a very talented player, and he’s excited to join Fulham and work with our great coach Marco Silva.
“We believe that Andreas will be a valuable asset for the Club, and he’ll be an important part of our squad as we prepare for our return to the Premier League! Come on Fulham!”
Can Andreas Pereira help Fulham end the trend?
Fulham have either been promoted or relegated in each of their last five seasons. The upcoming campaign marks their third crack at the Premier League in the last five years.
After a slow start to the transfer window, Palhinha and Pereira have now arrived. A loan move for Manor Solomon is also in the works.
As a newly-promoted side, Fulham will begin the season as one of the favourites to go down. However, their truly superb Championship campaign – spearheaded by Aleksandar Mitrovic – will give them hope they can finally reverse their yo-yo trend.
The Serbian set the Championship record for goals in a single season with 43 last season. Notching even just a third of that tally would give Silva’s side a genuine shot at beating the drop.