Manchester United have for many years been trying to find a buyer for Andreas Pereira. But it looks like the man some fans call ‘pre-season Pirlo’ could return to Old Trafford after another loan spell.
His latest magic was at Flamengo, where he impressed playing as a deeper midfielder who dictated the pace of the game. It was expected that Flamengo would buy him permanently for around £ 8 million, but according to recent reports, United and the Brazilian club are struggling to find a solution, and football director John Murtough has reportedly informed Pereira that he could be part of the club’s next plans. season under Erik ten Hag.
But why does no club want to sign Pereira, or any United player for that matter? Is this just another example of United’s inability to navigate the transfer market?
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Pereira has played 75 games for United’s first team and scored four goals – most of which come in the 2018/19 season and the 2019/20 season. But since making his debut, he has also spent four seasons out on loan.
He has had temporary moves to Granada, Valencia, Lazio and Flamengo and he has impressed in attack and starts for these clubs. But United are still unable to oust him on a permanent basis.
United have a problematic salary structure, which means that many players make too much money in relation to their respective abilities. It has been reported that Pereira earns around £ 53k a week, which may be more than most clubs are willing to offer him.
There is also the issue of the price tag; £ 8m seems reasonable for a player of Pereira’s abilities, but many fans will remember that in the deal where he moved to Lazio on loan, a clause of around £ 21m was included. Sometimes United just demand too much from buying clubs.
If United are to commit to this rebuilding, they must understand that they will most likely have to sell the players they have struggled with – due to years of poor recruitment – at a lower value than they would like. This will fully allow for the full reset that many fans want to see during Ten Hag.
If they do not, then the club will be stuck with players on high salaries who hamper United’s ability to replace them. And if that is the case, then the redevelopment under Ten Hag will never be successful. Pereira must be sold regardless of price.
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