West Brom prepared to sell Matheus Pereira and set £17m asking price
West Brom are ready to sell Matheus Pereira in the summer, according to UOL Esporte.
The report reveals that Albion will seek a fee of €20million for the midfielder, which equates to around £17million.
Pereira signed on a permanent deal at the beginning of the season for around £9m [BBC], so West Brom could potentially make a good profit on the 24-year-old.
He still has more than three years remaining on his contract so West Brom are in a strong negotiating position.
Keep at all costs
Pereira is arguably our most important attacking player so letting him go in the summer could prove to be a disaster.
A fee of £17m is enticing but will it be reinvested back into the squad?
Even though Pereira has underperformed this season he still has five goals and three assists and we all know just how good he can be in the Championship.
Rather than selling the playmaker, we should be building our team around him as he can be the catalyst for promotion as he was in 2019/20.
We may have to rebuild our midfield if Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers are deemed not good enough to start.
It would be a challenge to replace Pereira on top of that, particularly as he has so much quality and creativity to offer.
Also, if West Brom are considering selling Pereira then we fear for Sam Johnstone’s future too.
He could attract a similar fee to the £17m figure mentioned above and with Tottenham interested [The Sun] it may be difficult to hang onto him.
If that happens Pereira simply cannot leave as losing two key stars would likely deflate both the squad and the fanbase.
In other West Brom news, an important FA document shows Lai held back the Baggies in another capacity last year.