Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, is tempted to follow his friend Paul Pogba to Juventus this summer.
This is according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who claim the 19-year-old playmaker has spoken ‘several times’ with Pogba about the idea of joining Juventus - and has been informed that the Serie A champions would be the ideal next club for two primary reasons.
The first is that Juventus are willing to offer the teenager the “confidence and space” to progress - this is likely to include regular exposure to first-team football - and the second is that the Turin-based club will satisfy his “economic demands” in terms of wages and a potential sign-on fee.
Pereira: 'Pogba says Juventus is perfect for me'
"Paul is a friend,” Pereira is quoted as saying by Tuttosport. “[He] says that Turin is perfect for me."
Pogba has flourished into arguably the world’s most complete central midfielder since making the tough decision to leave Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.
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Ferguson's biggest mistake
Manchester United coaches were aware of Pogba’s immense talent, but the Red Devils’ then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson failed to hand the French starlet the first-team opportunities he craved.
This lack of game time, combined with the temptation of a bigger contract at Juventus, ultimately meant Manchester United lost a potential Ballon d’Or winner. It’s a mistake which increasingly looks like the worst of Ferguson’s 26-year tenure in charge of the Red Devils.
Pereira - Another Pogba situation for United?
While Pereira is not rated as highly as Pogba, the Belgium-born attacking midfielder is one of the most talented players in Manchester United’s Under-21 side at present, and further enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring against Sunderland Under-21s earlier this week.
The Brazil Under-20 international made his Manchester United debut earlier this season and was one of a few players to emerge from the infamous 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round with any semblance of credit after making an appearance as a second-half substitute.
It was reported this week that both PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord both have an interest in signing Pereira this summer, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked.
Highly rated by his teammates at Old Trafford, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera told the Manchester Evening News on Monday that Pereira and Adnan Januzaj were both on course to become key players for United in the future.
"I didn't know how good the academy is here," Herrera confessed. "Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira are young players for Manchester United that are going to be very important players for many years."
Pereira likely to leave United
Manchester United stars would have said similar about Pogba in 2012 - and like the Frenchman it seems Pereira’s spell at Old Trafford will, unfortunately for the club’s supporters, be a brief one.
Manchester United fans: do you feel angry with Pogba for attempting to convince Pereira to join Juventus? Should he stay at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments below!