Manchester United may miss out on receiving the full transfer value of one of their loaned-out players, according to a report.
United have 13 players out on loan at present, some of whom are gaining experience for the future and some of whom are looking for a permanent way out of Old Trafford.
One of the players unlikely to make it back to Manchester is Andreas Pereira, who last played in a competitive game for the club in August 2020. Since then, he spent a season on loan at Lazio – where he got little gametime – and is currently lent to Flamengo.
The one-time Brazil international is under contract with Man Utd until 2023. Therefore, he will be at a crossroads in his career next summer.
But things have been going fairly well for him in South America. He has three goals and one assist from 12 Flamengo appearances so far.
With that in mind, there is already a feeling that Flamengo will look to sign him permanently at the end of his loan spell.
It was recently revealed that they have an option to buy him for €20m, which they can trigger at any point until the end of June.
Flamengo seem keen to make Pereira their own player on a permanent basis. However, they are reluctant at present to spend the entire sum that would be required.
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According to Globo Esporte, they want a discount on the €20m price. They believe there is a chance for negotiation and that the original clause was merely as a precaution in case his value increases.
Despite his good form, they want that price tag to go in the opposite direction.
Wary that rival clubs could try to take advantage of his good form, Flamengo will allocate their budget on the signing of Pereira unless they appear to be his only suitors. In that case, they will return to the negotiating table with Man Utd.
United will feel entitled to the full valuation of the option to buy, but could assess things in comparison to other deals that may be emerging at the time.
It seems Pereira might not be playing for them again, though, and that his future could still be in Brazil.
Man Utd confident over midfielder deal
Meanwhile, one midfielder who will be a part of United’s plans – if they get their way – is Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. Therefore, they have been nervous about losing him for free for the second time in his career.
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are admirers of him. There is always also the idea of returning to Juventus.
But Pogba has been keeping his head down and working hard on the pitch in a Man Utd shirt.
And it now seems they have a rising confidence that he will commit the rest of his prime years to them…