United want Flamengo to pay more than £10m for loanee Andreas Pereira
Manchester United are asking Flamengo to pay more than £10m to sign loanee Andreas Pereira on a permanent deal.
The midfielder has impressed during his loan spell with the Brazilian side. But according to ESPN, Flamengo have so far only offered £6.7million to secure his signature, when the Red Devils are asking for more than £10m for the one-time Brazilian international.
United were unable to sell Pereira in the summer transfer window and he instead joined Flamengo on loan until June 2022.
Pereira, who has aspirations of making Tite’s Brazil squad for this year’s winter World Cup in Qatar, has featured regularly since making the return to his homeland.
He made 24 appearances last season which brought five goals and one assist. And after apologising for a crucial extra-time error which cost them the Copa Libertadores final, all seems to be forgiven.
Flamengo want to sign Pereira permanently, and the question will be how much United haggle over the reported £3million difference in valuation between the two sides.
United have the chance to recoup a sum of money that could effectively cover the cost of signing defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria in the January transfer window.
Zakaria is available for the cut-price, report German outlet Sport1, with his contract at Borussia Monchengladbach set to expire in the summer.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the futures of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek, Pereira doesn’t have a future at Manchester United.
Returning youngsters James Garner, Ethan Galbraith and Dylan Levitt could benefit from a midfield exodus, as will Hannibal Mejbri.
Andreas is keen to move on, quoted by Lance in December stating he wishes to sign for Flamengo permanently and would be speaking to the club president to try and push a move through.
It would be foolish for United to pass up the opportunity to recoup a sum of money that could be immediately used to improve a big weakness in our side.
Cashing in on Andreas Pereira is a move that benefits all parties and whilst Flamengo are keen to reach an agreement, United may have to lower their demands.
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