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Given how little he has played for United in the last couple of years, it is easy to forget Andreas Pereira was still employed by the club.
The offer initially stands at a figure of £8.6 million, but if certain performance related targets are met by the player it will rise to a figure of £11 million.
The Brazilian has been out on loan at Flamengo in his native land, and the club are keen to secure his services permanently but negotiations with United have stalled and Fulham have now made their move.
The player now has a choice as to whether he would like to permanently go back to his home country, where he has impressed, stay and fight for his place in United’s threadbare midfield with a clean slate under Erik ten Hag, or go to a club where he both knows he will get regular game time but also prove he has the quality to succeed in the Premier League.
United would have to possess an almost baffling level of faith in the player to not accept the bid from Fulham.
despite showing promise when young and having some impressive loan stints Pereira never truly got going at United.
He had his chances in a few positions, but never seemed to find one where he was really able to fit and be a key player for the club.
With his contract expiring in just a year, £11 million is a more than fair offer for a player who’s removal from the books would not hurt United.
It also would provide the club with some extra money to put towards the signings of key targets.
Pereira is one of a number of players the club will not block from leaving this summer, including up to five defenders, a signal of the new boss’ efforts to really rebuild Manchester United.
Pereira remains on loan at Flamengo until the end of the week then will join up with United’s squad for pre-season.
Assuming he has not been sold beforehand, Pereira will likely get an opportunity to show the new boss what he is made of.
The midfielder did once have potential to be a key player for the club, but never truly unlocked it.
He has not been a regular for the club since before Bruno Fernandes was signed in January of 2020 and his departure would not be a loss for the club.
Given the fee being offered, whilst he has just a year on his contract, it would make perfect sense for United to accept it and move him on, should he decide he wants to enter a new chapter in his career.
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