Flamengo looking for solutions to keep Andreas Pereira: Won't pay £8.5m clause

Andreas Pereira’s loan contract at Flamengo expires on June 30 and there remains uncertainty over what the future holds for the midfielder.

Pereira is still an active part of the Flamengo squad, with the season ongoing, and he is expected to play two more matches between now and the end of the month.

Brazilian outlet Lance reports Flamengo have an interest in keeping Pereira and conversations are ‘ongoing’ about his future.

The Brazilian club are looking for solutions, but are adamant they will not pay the £8.5 million clause negotiated with United as an ‘option to buy’ at the start of Pereira’s loan deal.

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Flamengo looking for solutions

Marco Braz, Flamengo vice-president, explained via Lance: “Three months ago it was widely reported that Flamengo had signed with Andreas. A month later they said that Flamengo had dropped Andreas. And that’s not it. Flamengo is still looking for an alternative for the player to stay here. It is very difficult, a very complex situation.”

He added: “[Pereira] has a lot of market, and from a financially powerful club. So when you go to discuss some terms, you have limits to advance on this topic, but Flamengo still works for the maintenance of the player.”

Time is not on Flamengo’s side, they have had all of 2022 to try and work out a deal, and ESPN report Turkish side Besiktas are interested in a move.

Pereira’s loan spell at Flamengo has been mixed, with an incredibly low moment where he gave the ball away in for the crucial goal in their Copa Libertadores final defeat.

He has fought through it, making a total of 51 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.

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If no deal is struck, Pereira will return to Manchester United, presumably to join pre-season, although it is unclear if Erik ten Hag would choose to take him on tour.

Pereira’s Manchester United contract expires in 2023, and he does not have a future at Old Trafford, last playing a competitive first team game for the club in 2020.

He is now 26, and a once promising career needs a reset. He may not be opposed to staying at Flamengo, but the club need to find a way to get the deal done.

You might think United would be open to just accepting an offer of £2-3 million to get him off the books, but if the club are confident they can get double that from another European team, then they may try.

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