Andreas Pereira is high on confidence after scoring a spectacular long range goal in a friendly against Brentford last week.

The midfielder nicknamed the ‘Pre-season Pirlo’ lived up to the monicker, just don’t expect it to lead to a substantial change in his fortunes at Manchester United.

Pereira was last week linked with a move to Fenerbahce, with ESPN reporting interest from the Turkish side.

In an interview with Brazilian outlet TNT Sports, Pereira says he is open to a move to the Super Lig side.

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Pereira said: “If the interest is true, it would be great to talk to interested teams and see the project for my career, the importance I will have in the cast and future projection.

“About Fenerbahçe, it’s a country with people passionate about football. And Alex is one of my idols in the position, it would be nice to wear his shirt. Why not? But it all depends on what they want for my career, as well as other interested clubs.”

Pereira’s World Cup dream

Pereira’s chances of re-integrating into United’s team in a normal situation where everybody is fit are slim. He was loaned out last season to Lazio, and he knows he will have to leave to play regular football.


The midfielder is ambitious and believes he could make the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup if he lands the right move. Clearly high in confidence after his goal against Brentford, Pereira spoke about what he has to offer.

Pereira said: “My biggest dream is to play a World Cup with the Seleção and I know that with continuity and hard work I can get there once again. Especially with my long-distance shot, which is rare in Brazilian football.”

The claim about long distance shooting being rare in Brazilian football seems odd for a country which produced free-kick specialists like Roberto Carlos and Juninho Pernambucano.

Of course it must be noted that Pereira’s nearest reference point is United teammate and fellow Brazilian Fred, who has an atrocious long shot record, so with that in mind, his comments are a bit more understandable.

Pereira needs a good move this transfer window and he needs to find a club which believes in him as much as he believes in himself. It is possible in the right scenario, he starts to really show what he is capable of, he just won’t get the opportunities he wants at Old Trafford.

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