Manchester United have made an improved contract offer to Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, less than two months after he rejected the Red Devils’ opening offer.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who was born in Belgium but represents Brazil at international level, is out of contract at the end of the season and is currently poised to leave Old Trafford as a free agent.
Determined to keep the former PSV Eindhoven youngster at the club, Manchester United have now submitted a revised contract offer to the player, according to the Daily Mail.
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United keen to hold on to Pereira
This follows Louis van Gaal’s decision to name Pereira in each of his two previous match-day squads, against Tottenham and Liverpool - an attempt to convince the teenager that his future is best served at Old Trafford.
United’s failure to tie the midfielder down to a long-term deal before now has left them at serious risk of losing him for nothing this summer.
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Several clubs interested in the midfielder
Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, PSV and Feyenoord have all reportedly made contract with Pereira’s father in an attempt to secure his services - but for now he is keeping his options open, waiting for United to make their next move.
The Red Devils are fearful that Pereira could follow in the footsteps of former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford in 2012 due to a lack of playing time before establishing himself as one of the world’s best central midfielders with Juventus.
Pogba wants Pereira to join Juventus
And if Pereira opts to leave United this summer, specifically for Juventus, Pogba would have played his part in tempting the midfielder to Italy.
"Paul is a friend,” Pereira was quoted as saying by Tuttosport last month. “[He] says that Turin is perfect for me."
Pereira should leave United
Pereira will be acutely aware that the challenge of breaking into Manchester United’s starting line-up is extremely difficult, and if Van Gaal is unable to offer him first-team assurances he will have every right to consider a fresh break.
United are expected to spend big again this summer on reinforcements, regardless of whether or not they qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign, and a new central midfielder is likely to be on the agenda.
Subsequently, it might be in the player’s best interests to seek a move elsewhere.
Otherwise he risks being tied to a club where first-team opportunities are at a premium, as Adnan Januzaj is currently discovering.
Manchester United fans: would you blame Andreas Pereira if he left Old Trafford this summer? Have your say in the comments below!