Manchester United are concerned that they may lose exciting young star Andreas Pereira as PSG, AS Roma and AC Milan consider bids to lure him away from Old Trafford, reports the Daily Star.
The 19-year-old was handed his Red Devils debut against League One side MK Dons in August, but could not stop the 4-0 drubbing that was handed to them. They crashed out of the Capital One Cup as a result and Pereira has been missing ever since.
However, Louis van Gaal and Manchester United staff are still fond of Pereira with the manager hoping to tie him down to a new contract. His current deal is due to expire in the summer and he could leave for free if he declines the offer.
Not another Pogba?
With very few first team opportunities on offer at Old Trafford, the aforementioned European giants are confident of luring the South American starlet away from the club. That has left Manchester United fearing the worst.
Losing top talents is still a sore subject amongst Manchester United fans. They are still reeling from Sir Alex Ferguson's inability to keep Paul Pogba at the club. The Frenchman left on a free in 2012, joining Juventus and is now considered one of the finest midfielders in the world.
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Pereira would do well to reach the giddy heights of Pogba in the next two years, but that certainly won't happen if he continues to play in Manchester United's development squad. He won the player of the tournament trophy in the 2013 Milk Cup, but will need to start playing top level football if he is to reach his potential.
In September, Pereira said he was happy to stay at Manchester United because Van Gaal had told him he wanted him to play a role in the first team. But that has since proved false, with even Adnan Januzaj failing to secure a place in Van Gaal's new system.
Pereira said in September, as quoted by the same report: "They haven't contacted me yet, but Van Gaal told me to stay calm.
"He wants to give me a chance because I have plenty of talent. "When he arrived at the club, I talked with him. He always does so. "They talk with me, give me advice, they help a lot.
"They tell me what is better to do and not do. Anderson talks with me a lot and Darren Fletcher also helps."