West Brom Super Fans react to Matheus Pereira transfer fee claim
This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Brom Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our West Brom News Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around The Hawthorns.
West Brom fans have expressed their disdain at the reported transfer fee that saw Matheus Pereira swap the West Midlands for Saudi Arabia last month.
Pereira, 25, left The Hawthorns in August to join Saudi Professional League side Al Hilal on a five-year contract.
The nature of the deal was left undisclosed, however, leaving many West Brom supporters to wonder just how much the Brazilian had been sold for.
Express and Star reporter Joseph Masi delivered an update on Pereira’s exit price on Thursday, September 2.
He wrote: “Express and Star understands the Saudi Arabian side landed the Brazilian in a £17million deal.
“But the structure of that deal sees Al Hilal pay Albion £4.25million a year for four years.”
We asked our esteemed panel of West Brom Super Fans for their thoughts on the figures involved in the deal.
Here’s what they had to say…
Relegation to the Championship leaves clubs prone to big-name exits – that’s a given.
Not all sides have to sell – just look at Norwich City in recent seasons – but top players generally move on to pastures new to ensure their ambitions are aligned with their employers.
There wasn’t much hope among Albion fans this summer that the Brazilian would stay at the club beyond the end of the transfer window, but they were certainly hoping for a big sum that would be reinvested into the playing squad to aid their promotion push.
However, £17million is a pretty poor fee for someone who directly contributed to 17 Premier League goals last season.
Considering his age and the time left on his contract, surely Albion could have extracted more out of their buyers.
But it seems that by the end West Brom were just happy to see him leave after a widely-reported breakdown in communication between player and club that saw Pereira take to Twitter to express his desire to quit The Hawthorns.
In other West Brom news, a Sky Sports pundit has slammed this Albion ace after a controversial incident this week.