West Brom are staring relegation in the face and that could lead to several big players leaving in the summer.
The Express and Star journalist Joseph Masi has commented on the future of Matheus Pereira, and estimates how much the Brazilian could leave for.
He said on the Baggies Broadcast, (53:28), “He’s done well but not exceptionally well so I think £15million.
“That would be a fair price for a player who probably wants to be in the top-flight next year. He is a Premier League player.
“If Albion go down I will be amazed if Pereira and Sam Johnstone are at the club next season.
“Albion’s budget in the summer will basically depend on who they bring in.”
Relegation would be bad enough but losing the likes of Pereira and Sam Johnsone would be difficult to take.
They were key to our promotion and building a team around them would provide a good platform for success in order to get straight back up.
Worse still, we risk losing both for a price that is beneath their true value.
Johnstone’s contract expires in 2022 so we hold little negotiating power there, while Pereira would surely attract more than £15m in a normal climate.
But in times of uncertainty where budgets may be restricted as a result of the pandemic clubs may not be willing to splash out.
Furthermore, there is little sign that Guochuan Lai will loosen the purse strings so he may be keen to get as much money in as possible.
Masi’s comment on our budget being dependent on players sold is ominous.
That is what led to our late business in January, with Sam Allardyce working on a shoestring budget.
If Pereira and Johnstone are sold on the cheap it will be very difficult to replace their quality without spending big.
In other West Brom news, Albion set to battle PL sides for highly rated Championship 19y/o – report.