Done deal: Manchester United agree fee with Premier League club for transfer of midfielder

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Manchester United have reached an agreement with newly-promoted Fulham for the transfer of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.

The 26-year-old has spent the past two seasons out on loan, most recently with Brazilian giants Flamengo.

Fulham boss Marco Silva is keen on signing the Manchester United midfielder to add Premier League experience to his newly-promoted team.

According to The Mirror, Fulham will stump up an initial £8.6 million to sign Pereira, who has one year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford. Up to £2.6m will then be paid in add-ons.

Manchester United have now given Fulham permission to discuss personal terms with the 26 year old midfielder.

The sale of Pereira will boost the transfer budget available for Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to sign players this summer.

Andreas Pereira
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According to 90min, while Fulham have permission to speak to Andreas Pereira and bring him back to English football, Flamengo are also trying hard to keep him.

Pereira himself has stated his desire to stay with Flamengo, but admitted this week it may be out of his hands. In a message to journalist Thiago Asmar, he said, “It is no longer in our hands, I have already said it on several occasions and interviews, my desire to stay!

“I will play on Wednesday, and I will leave and give my life on the pitch.”

Pereira joined the Manchester United academy as a 16 year old in January 2012 from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

He went on to make his first-team debut in 2014 under the management of Louis van Gaal and has played 75 times in total, primarily under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pereira was loaned to Lazio during the 2020/21 season, but the Serie A club opted against exercising an option to buy thought to be €27m after he started only a handful of games.

Recently, newly-appointed Flamengo boss Dorival Junior made clear his wish for Pereira to remain part of their squad.

“Players of this level, players with this potential, are few in Brazil,” Junior said.

“I have no doubt that this boy can still grow a lot, he can evolve a lot. How will it happen? I don’t know, but it would be really nice if we could hold onto this kid because he has a lot of qualities.

“He is a player that draws attention in any way. He has growth potential, players of that level are scarce at the moment within this country.”

However, with Fulham stepping in and Flamengo needing to sell before they can offer United the kind of deal that’s easier to achieve for a Premier League rival, a return to England looks increasingly likely.