Man Utd agree ‘verbal transfer deal’ to cash in forgotten man


Manchester United are set to earn £12m by selling outcast midfielder Andreas Pereira to Flamengo – where he is currently on loan – on a permanent transfer

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Manchester United are set for a welcome windfall after agreeing to sell forgotten midfielder Andreas Pereira for an eight-figure fee.

The midfielder, 26, has been on United’s books for over a decade after Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to join the club’s academy.

Pereira made his senior debut in 2014 and made a further 74 appearances for the Red Devils, but has spent the last two seasons on loan.

The Brazilian didn’t make much of an impression at Lazio last season and returned to his native country in August, joining Flamengo on a one-year contract.

Pereira has scored five goals in 24 appearances for the Rio de Janeiro-based club, who are keen to sign him on a permanent contract.

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Andreas Pereira keen to join Flamengo on a permanent transfer
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Brazilian outlet Universo Online claim Flamengo officials were in the UK over the weekend to negotiate a transfer with their Old Trafford counterparts.

The report adds that the two parties have verbally agreed terms for 75% of Pereira’s economic rights, with co-ownership being common throughout South American football.

It is unclear at this stage who will acquire the remaining 25%, as co-ownership is prohibited for Premier League clubs.

United are set to earn €14m (£12m) as part of the agreed deal, with the majority of that sum paid upfront and the rest due through performance-related add-ons.

Pereira, who is under contract with the Red Devils for a further 18 months, will then sign a contract with Flamengo until 2026.

The United Academy graduate has made no secret of his intention to make his loan deal permanent and publicly confirmed his stance in December.

“My desire has always been to stay here at Flamengo, and now we’re going to do everything,” Pereira told ESPN Brasil. “We’re going to talk to the president [Rodolfo] Landim and [vice president] Marcos Braz for making this possible.

“Of course, I feel that I owe the fans a title. As I told them, you can count on me, I will do my best so that next year we can win those titles there.”







Andreas Pereira played a leading role for Manchester United two seasons ago
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Pereira was named on the bench for Manchester United’s opening game of the season, Leeds’ 5-1 thrashing, before being loaned to Flamengo.

His last appearance for his parent club came in the 2019/20 season, when he featured prominently under then-Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pereira made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing four assists, but failed to convince the Norwegian he deserved a place in his squad for the following campaign.

Since joining Flamengo, he reached the Copa Libertadores final but made a costly mistake to give Palmeiras victory in extra time.

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