Manchester United Agree To Sell Academy Graduate For €10.5m

Manchester United's Andreas Pereira celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates.

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Manchester United have reached a ‘total agreement’ with Flamengo to sell Andreas Pereira.

The Brazilian midfielder, who moved to United’s academy from PSV in 2011, was loaned to Flamengo last summer after a disappointing temporary stint in Italy with Lazio.

However, he has enjoyed a steady spell in Brazil, making 25 appearances and scoring five goals for the Rio de Janeiro-based club.

Flamengo, impressed by the 26-year-old’s showings in the middle of the park, have been looking to turn his loan move into a permanent transfer since January, and even had an offer rejected by the Premier League giants.

But now they’ve finally managed to strike a permanent deal with the English outfit. According to Fabrizio Romano, United have accepted an offer of €10.5m with an additional 25% sell-on clause. Pereira has also accepted the deal and is set to commit his long-term future to Flamengo.

United’s decision to sell a midfielder who wasn’t good enough to challenge the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred is understandable, but their reluctance to upgrade the midfield that leaves their defence exposed on a regular basis is costing Ralf Rangnick’s side points.

Burnley’s equaliser due to McTominay’s lack of spatial awareness in United’s 1-1 draw on Tuesday night was the latest example of their issues in midfield.