Manchester United are set to hand their transfer coffers a minor boost after a deal was finally reached to move Andreas Pereira on.
The Brazilian midfielder has been on United’s books since 2014, but has not made an appearance for the club since August 2020. Indeed, he has embarked on a series of loans away from Old Trafford in a bid to get his career back on track. As such, Pereira has undergone spells at Granada and Valencia in LaLiga, Lazio in Serie A and most recently Flamengo back in his homeland.
The most recent of these saw the 26-year-old spend two seasons on loan at the Rio de Janiero-based club. And while they were keen to make his stay permanent, they were unable to match United’s valuation for the midfielder.
Now back with the Red Devils, he does not have a future at the club with Erik ten Hag keen to move him on. As such, Fulham quickly expressed their interest, with the Premier League new boys quickly reaching an agreement over his fee.
However, with the player asking for time to consider his options, Crystal Palace then made a move of their own. Patrick Vieira’s side have an opening in their midfield with Conor Gallagher returning to Chelsea following his season’s loan.
And with a decision to make over which of the two London sides to jon, Pereira has now reportedly made his choice.
As per Brazilian journalist Vene Casagrande, Pereira has accepted an offer to join the Cottagers. He has reportedly agreed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth season. That arrangement could potentially tie him to Craven Cottage until summer 2026.
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Fulham will pay Unted an initial payment of £9m. A further £3m will then be owing in bonuses and add-ons. One of these payments is believed to surround their Premier League survival next season.
The news will be welcomed by Cottagers boss Marco Silva, who is busy assembling his squad. And he will hope the addition of Pereira can give their midfield some more bite and know-how.
Manchester United will now be hoping for a quick conclusion to the sale of Pereira. A tidy midfielder, Pereira never quite had the class required to become a United mainstay.
Still, he managed 74 appearances for the club with his best season coming in 2019/20. As such, United – then managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – handed Pereira 40 appearances that season. That’s more than half his entire total in eight years at the club.
And the relatively-small fee they will receive for him will be added to Ten Hag’s summer kitty. The United boss has funds of around £100m at his disposal before player sales.
That money will come in useful, however, as Ten Hag looks to make the necessary changes to his personel. Ten Hag added his first signing of his era earlier on Tuesday by finally landing Tyrell Malacia.
However, the United boss still wants a new centre-half, while a deal for Frenkie de Jong still looks on after a report detailed Barcelona’s desperation to sell him in light of some staggering bonuses owing to the player.