Man Utd transfer exit in ‘advanced stages’ for bargain price

Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira is on the verge of agreeing a permanent move to Flamengo after 11 years at the Premier League club, according to reports.

It has never quite worked out for Pereira at Old Trafford after the 26-year-old joined the Red Devils’ academy in 2011.

The Belgium-born Brazil international played his first senior match for Man Utd back in 2014 before going on to make 75 appearances over an eight-year period.

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Pereira had loan spells at Spanish clubs Granada and Valencia before spending last season at Serie A side Lazio. He has impressed so far in 24 matches for Flamengo this term and now the Brazilian giants want him to join on a permanent basis.

Globo Esporte (via Sport Witness) claim that Flamengo have received the ‘green light’ from Man Utd to travel to England and wrap up a deal for Pereira.

Talks between the two clubs are now in the ‘advanced stages’ with Flamengo making a €8m (£6.8m) for the midfielder despite a €20m option in his loan contract.

Man Utd are understood to be happy with the price but are looking for some ‘final adjustments’ with the Red Devils likely to ask for a percentage of any future transfer.

Meanwhile, Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick thinks his side only have themselves to blame after they squandered numerous chances in their loss to Middlesbrough on penalties in the FA Cup on Friday.

“We gave away too many chances, especially in the first half,” United interim manager Rangnick said.

“We should and could have easily been up 3-0 after 45 minutes and even in the second half we missed some great opportunities, even after they scored their goal that shouldn’t have stood.

“But Bruno’s chance was almost like a penalty as well, so we have to blame ourselves for giving away and wasting too many opportunities in the game.

“And, in the end, if it’s on penalties it’s also a question of luck and in the end we lost that game and we are all incredibly disappointed.”


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