Madeley: West Brom could send Matheus Pereira on loan
The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley has claimed that West Brom could be given the opportunity to retain the services of Matheus Pereira.
It’s no secret that the talented Brazilian is on the radar of a few Premier League clubs and with relegation confirmed, he is unlikely to play in the Championship next season.
However, the fact that he is on a three-year deal means that the Baggies could play hard ball and stop him from leaving on a permanent basis.
In his mailbag for The Athletic, Madeley wrote, “When it comes to Matheus Pereira, Albion are in a much stronger position contractually as he still has three years left on his deal. At 25, he has his peak years ahead of him.
“He is a match-winner. You’d think he would be in the £25 million-plus bracket.
“Pereira has three years remaining, so perhaps a loan could be considered if the right transfer fee isn’t forthcoming and they don’t want an unsettled player around in the Championship.”
We know that it’s nigh on impossible to have Pereira playing Championship football for us, but that doesn’t mean we have to sell him in the summer.
As Madeley mentioned, a loan would see him continue him playing in the top flight, while we could negotiate a deal where the club pays most or all of his wages – giving us more room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
Sam Allardyce is good at selling his blueprint to players and could convince Pereira to only leave on a temporary basis, and then reunite with the club when we secure promotion.
This would undoubtedly hinge on the financials and Big Sam’s future at the club, but it is certainly an option worth considering.
If we’re to convince players from overseas to join, retaining the services of our best player would go a long way in doing just that.
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