Man United have opened talks with Real Betis regarding the permanent transfer of Andreas Pereira.
The Belgian-born Brazil international has spent the previous two seasons out on loan at Granada and Valencia, after having made just 5 senior appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.
Jose Mourinho had expressed his desire to keep the 22-year-old at Old Trafford last summer, but the youngster chose to secure a switch to Valencia against the gaffer’s wishes, in order to get consistent game-time under his belt.
The Portuguese tactician then decide to promote academy talent Scott McTominay into the United first-team instead, and with the Mancunians now in pursuit of more world-class midfield reinforcements, Pereira’s time at the club might just be up.
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This development majorly contrasts Pereria’s words from last month, when he stated in an interview that he is all set to fight for his place at Manchester United next season.
“Valencia approached my agent and said they want to buy me which is flattering, but it wasn’t like it was reported in the media,” the midfielder was quoted as saying. “People said I’d demanded talks with Jose Mourinho when I’ve demanded nothing.
“The Valencia coach speaks with me a lot and we have a good understanding, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m still a Manchester United player, with a contract at Old Trafford until 2020 and an ambition to make it at United. I’ve never sought to leave United.”