Andreas Pereira is set to return to Manchester United this summer.
Last summer, Manchester United thought they were rid of Andreas Pereira.
The Brazilian would head to Lazio in the Serie A, with the Italian club having the option to buy Pereira outright for around £23million.
As the season wore on, it looked increasingly less likely that Lazio would trigger that clause. Now, according to Corriere dello Sport, it’s confirmed that the forgotten 25-year-old is set to return to United following a poor loan spell.
Pereira would start just 8% of Lazio’s Serie A games last term, scoring just one goal in 2020/21. He’d also tack on four assists over his 801 minutes of action across all competitions – but that’s obviously nowhere near enough for the money being quoted.
Now, Pereira will return to Manchester. With a contract that runs until 2023, a permanent move away seems like the best option for all involved as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to clear the Brazilian’s wages off the books.
The question is, who’ll take the plunge on Pereira? And at what price? At this point, anything more than £12-15m seems unreasonable to us and United would do well to get that sort of offer for the inconsistent 25-year-old.
You’d hope that the player himself will recognise the situation and try to push for a move away, too. At the end of the day, this United side has gone in a different direction and Pereira just isn’t ever going to be a part of the long-term plans. The sooner a transfer is sorted, the better. The last thing everyone wants is for this saga to drag on for a couple more years while Pereira is farmed out on loan in the meantime.
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