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Manchester United Brazilian Player’s Future Hangs In The Balance As Club Makes U-turn

Devesh Arora

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Manchester United Brazilian Player’s Future Hangs In The Balance As Club Makes U-turn

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Andreas Pereira has had a fractured time at Manchester United since he broke into the first team, spending more time on loan at three different clubs than in the Manchester United first team squad.

Towards the early part of February, multiple sources had reported that Flamengo had reached an agreement with Manchester United for Andreas Pereira for a fee around €10.5m along with a 25% sell-on clause. 

For a player who showed flashes of his potential here and there at United, it seemed like a convenient arrangement for both the club and player – with United getting a reasonable fee for a player who was surplus to requirements, and the player moving on to a club where he'd have regular game time.

However, Rob Dawson of ESPN reported towards the end of March that Flamengo were running the risk of missing out on a permanent deal for him and negotiations were still not finalised. The article added that they were not in a position to complete the deal because of uncertainty around their finances.

Andreas Pereira has found game time limited at Manchester United so far. (Alamy)
Andreas Pereira has found game time limited at Manchester United so far. (Alamy)

The report did also add that a number of other clubs were monitoring the player's situation – given his performances on loan and willingness to take a pay cut to secure a move. PSV Eindhoven were name-dropped as one of the clubs to have registered an interest in the player.

This was followed up by Mark Ogden of ESPN mentioning that Flamengo were preparing to abandon a deal to sign the player – even though United were still hopeful that a deal could be done with Flamengo for a lower price. 

Next up, Fred Caldeira of TNT Sports reported that United's football director John Murtough had given a signal to the player that he could be a part of the club's project for the next year under Erik ten Hag. However, it also stated that if the player wanted to stay at Flamengo, United would accept it as long an agreement could be reached between clubs.

Rob Dawson again had an update on the matter in early June, stating that Pereira was expected back at United during pre-season with Erik ten Hag keen to take a closer look at him then. He mentioned that the player wanted regular first-team football, but was willing to return to the club to win over the new manager.

The report also had a rather fascinating story. It mentioned how United scouts were sent to watch 21-year old Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes, but the reports which made their way back from Brazil highlighted Andreas as the most notable performer.

Manchester United have scouted Joao Gomes. (Alamy)
Manchester United have scouted Joao Gomes. (Alamy)

However, according to another report by the same journalist, United were still prepared to consider offers of around €8m for the player. Fenerbahce and Benfica were also named as teams interested in the player.

After seemingly being out of the race, there were again reported developments around Flamengo and the player. Brazilian journalist Venê Casagrande mentioned that the club tried to extend the player's loan until December before giving up on buying him, but United refused and mentioned that they already had an offer to sell the player at a price greater than the €10.5m Flamengo had initially agreed to pay in February.

On the other hand, according to Raisa Simplicio and Thiago Fernandes of Goal, there was a meeting recently between Flamengo and the player, where he expressed an intention to stay at the club.

However, they also added that they wouldn't be paying United's €10m asking price - but would still try one last time for the player by either trying to reduce that asking price or extending a loan deal till the end of 2022.

Developments around the player's situation should probably be expected soon, as the aforementioned report said, however it won't be a shocking development if he's a part of pre-season plans initially - not that it'll necessarily stop United from considering offers for a potential sale in the meantime.

Topics: Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Flamengo, Andreas Pereira, Football, Transfers

Devesh Arora
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