Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is wanted by Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, according to ESPN.
The 25-year-old spent last season out on loan at Lazio, but they decided not to take up their option to buy Pereira, reportedly worth £22.3 million.
Pereira has reportedly decided that the best course of action for him this summer is to leave Old Trafford permanently.
He has been playing a part in pre-season and caught the eye with a stunning volley in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford.
The report claims that United’s transfer business after Raphael Varane’s arrival depends on their ability to offload fringe players like Pereira.
There’s no indication of what United’s asking price is amid interest from Fenerbahce, who will play in the Europa League play-off round next month.
Pereira has only played so much in pre-season because Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay have not played and Donny van de Beek has hardly featured.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well have been putting him in the shop window. The goal against Brentford will have done that, but his performance in the 4-2 loss at Queens Park Rangers won’t have impressed as much.
Time to move on
Pereira has tried everything at United. He’s had loan spells, different positions and different managers.
He doesn’t look up to the standard required to be a Manchester United midfielder, either as a deep-flying playmaker or a more advanced, creative force.
His loan spell at Lazio didn’t go to plan and he needs a fresh start. If he can get it in Turkey, then hopefully a deal can be done.
Yesterday, TNT Sports carried quotes from the midfielder saying: “In Manchester or elsewhere, the time has come to play, to have at least an hour per game on the field. I want to be happy, to feel important.”
He won’t get that level of gametime at Old Trafford next season and offloading Pereira could help United fund moves for new arrivals. It makes sense for all parties to make a clean break this summer.
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