Fulham show interest in Andreas Pereira and have 'principle agreement' with Manchester United

Manchester United could have a solution for the long-standing Andreas Pereira problem.

Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte report newly promoted Fulham have taken interest in Pereira, and even have a ‘principle agreement’ with Manchester United.

No formal bid has been submitted, but the two clubs have the framework of a move in place worth £8 million plus £2 million in bonuses.

This would be a great deal for United, with current loan club Flamengo refusing to pay the £8.5 million option to buy in his loan contract, which expires on June 30.

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‘Principle agreement’

United have some work to do to get the deal over the line. UOL Esporte report the Red Devils are speaking to Andreas Pereira’s representatives to try and convince him to make the move.

The report says the decision is in Pereira’s hands and that he may not have given up on a pipe dream of winning over new United boss Erik ten Hag.

This would be a foolish hope for Pereira to cling onto. He has not played a first team competitive game for Manchester United since August 2020.

Pereira’s contract at United expires in 2023, and there is next to no chance he will get offered an extension.

Fulham boss Marco Silva is reportedly very keen on Pereira, and the player is interested in a return to the Premier League one day or another.

Flamengo told last week how they have not given up on Pereira, via Lance, with vice-president Marco Braz describing the situation as ‘complex’.

They backed out of the option to buy because they could not afford it, and so hoped they may be able to sign Pereira for less than £5 million.

Now the only way this can happen is if Pereira pushes for a stay at the Brazilian club, and turns down the Fulham move.

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United will be urging him to take the Fulham offer, netting the club a total £10 million if all bonuses are paid out.

Pereira’s situation has been problematic for United for two years, with no clubs submitting permanent bids for his services.

Now Fulham look set to do United a favour, potentially recouping the diference in cash United have been haggling with Barcelona over for Frenkie de Jong. Let’s hope he takes the move.

A ‘principle agreement’ does not mean a deal is done, but United are a lot closer to getting rid of Pereira permanently than they were at the start of the weekend.

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