West Brom are reportedly set to open contract talks with Matheus Pereira, who publicly spoke of his disillusionment this week.
The midfielder joined permanently last summer and The Athletic report that as the source of Pereira’s frustration.
It is believed the Brazilian agreed the terms of his deal when he initially arrived on loan in 2019, and is said to be disappointed that the club didn’t approach him with a new and improved offer upon signing on a permanent basis.
However, that could be about to change according to the Mirror.
It is vital we hold onto Pereira, but there is little point in signing him to a long-term contract if the deal includes a relegation release clause.
If we are really there is a strong likelihood of relegation, and if we do indeed go down there will be clubs chasing after Pereira.
In 2018 we lost players like Jonny Evans and Salomon Rondon on cut-price deals, and the same could happen with the attacking midfielder.
And if he is to leave, we would rather the club gets an offer that is equal to his true valuation.
At the very least, the Baggies would have some degree of negotiating power and could resist approaches from elsewhere – something we couldn’t do following relegation two years ago.
As a result, it may not be too much of a problem if Pereira doesn’t sign a new deal, particularly as he has more than three years remaining on his current contract.
There is an argument to be made about his current sulk negatively affecting his performances, but a good man-manager like Sam Allardyce may be able to turn that around.
He often puts an arm around the shoulder of his best players, that is why he has been successful in keeping teams up – Jermain Defoe’s form, while the pair were at Sunderland, is a good example of that.
So although talk of a new contract for Pereira may seem like great news, it should be treated with skepticism until the full details emerge.
In other West Brom news, the club has made a decision on a youngster’s future following the FA Cup exit.